Many get praying to God wrong. You see God sees all. He wants us to recognize that. He wants us to acknowledge him. He wants us to have faith. Above all he wants us to be merciful and gracious for our blessings. We are to learn from the lessons in life. Ask for discernment, wisdom and understanding. Repent of our sins. And leave guilt and shame at the cross. So when we pray it's all about thankfulness.