Today's Bible study from David 90 Days With Heart Like His is timely or me. I will admit that I have prayed or earthly rewards like a spouse or a new job. I need to be more conscious about the purpose of my prayers. It is OK to tell God how much I need him. It's OK to tell God that I feel like I'm in a situation that I can' handle on my own and communicate that I need him.
A balanced prayer life includes praise, thanksgiving, listening, and confession; it is NOT sending God a to-do list. God will NOT always make things go your way. God is more interested in changing us to be a reflection of Christ than He is with solving all of our problems.