Sincere prayer flows from heartfelt thanksgiving.
I've been unfocused and apathetic in my prayers for the past few days. This morning God showed me why: I haven't been giving Him thanks. My heart has grown to feel entitled and ungrateful for all He's done. As He moved me to thank Him for specific things, mundane things, difficult things, wonderful things; my heart was finally passionate again towards speaking to Him. I didn't request anything of Him today—I felt I needed to only give thanks—but I felt the longing to ask and my faith in His faithfulness to answer restore. I finally felt connected to Him and full in Him again.
May I never forget the importance of thanksgiving in prayer.