'm no prayer warrior. There are many other spiritual disciplines that I find far less tedious. Now, praying with others is no problem. I treasure those times. And, I believe accountability and companionship in prayer is an excellent strategy (Matthew 18:19-20). [Although, there are unique temptations which accompany public or group prayers (Matthew 6:5-7). Yet, God said for us to pray constantly and consistently (Ephesians 6:18); persistently even (Luke 18:1-8). But do we?] When will we ever learn to tap into the reservoir of God's willing power through this medium called prayer?
Sporadic, casual, half-hearted, doubtful prayers offered selfishly from backslidden saints who have worldly habits, bitter hearts, tainted lips and lustful eyes... these prayers will not suffice (Psalm 66:18 & James 4:3). Sincerity, faith, holiness, fellowship, humility, compassion, sacrifice, contrition, righteousness... these really are prerequisite considerations as we bow before the Almighty. Since the invitation to come into God's presence is open and real, but having a right spirit essential, II Chronicles 7:14 really should be coupled with Hebrews 4:16. It all boils down to being so close to God that we can sense His heart and pray in line with His purposes and priorities (I John 5:14-15). And yes, living such a life is costly (Romans 12:1-2).
In Psalm 28 David declared his intentions... to cry unto God (Psalm 28:1). He implored God for a merciful hearing (Psalm 28:2). He uttered words of confidence in this same prayer, because he was sure that God had heard his prayer and that divine help was on the way (James 1:6-7). And, before he said "Amen," he had already begun a new petition... not for himself, but for others.