I am often concerned over the human tendancy to think of prayer as something you do when you lack something, and feel a need to ask our Maker for it. My response is to suggest the opportunity to think of prayer as being as much an act of dialogue where the other party is listening but not necessarily speaking (either really or metaphorically). This opens up the action to that of thanks, and admission of failures as well as petitioning for yet to be received blessings or awards. And as often as not, the blessing comes in the internal growth that arises from within as we mentally verbalsize the truths we have been denying. And Truth is alwys positive even though it may be revealing what we find unwelcome.