I've been terribly convicted recently about prayer. For starters, I have such a difficult time being consistent in prayer. It's nothing other than laziness and self-absorption, really. I suppose the root of this is that I don't really see my dire need for the Lord. If I did, I would certainly be in prayer more. On top of this, I don't think I really believe that the Lord answers my prayers, because I act surprised when he does.
For example, I have been getting on the elliptical, and I had decided that while I was on the elliptical I would pray. So I had been praying about a particular issue. When the Lord answered my prayer in an unusual way that week, I was shocked! It occurred to me while I was shocked that I was probably shocked because I didn't really think the Lord would answer my prayers. How convicting!
So, I pray that the Lord would make me aware of my desperate need for Him. I pray that He would allow me to come before Him with big prayers. And I pray that He would give me the faith to believe that He answers my prayers.
May He do the same with you!