The reason many of us leave off praying and become hard towards God is because we have only a sentimental interest in prayer. It sounds right to say that we pray; we read books on prayer, which tell us that prayer is beneficial, that our minds are quieted, and our souls uplifted when we pray; but Isaiah implies that God is amazed at such thoughts.

We hurl our own petitions at God’s throne and dictate to Him as to what we wish Him to do. Are we so worshipping God that we rouse ourselves up to lay hold on Him so that we may be brought into contact with His mind about the ones for whom we pray? Are we living a holy relationship with God? Get into the real work of intercession, and remember it is a work that taxes every power; but a work which has no snare. Preaching the gospel has a snare; intercessory prayer has none.
Oswald Chambers