When I pray, especially at bedtime, I often just plunge in, leading with whatever concern is foremost on my mind. Then, usually, I pause and begin again, struggling to put God the Father, the Holy God being addressed, above my pressing concern.
Perhaps it will help if I speak to myself some words of Martyn Lloyd Jones, a pastor now with the Lord.
"Before we begin to utter words we always ought to do this. We should say to ourselves:
`I am now entering into the audience chamber of that God, the almighty, the absolute, the eternal and great God with all His power and His might and majesty, that God who is a consuming fire, that God who is "light and in whom is no darkness at all", that utter, absolute Holy God. That is what I am doing.'
"We must recollect and realize all that. But above all, our Lord insists that we should realize that, in addition to that, He is our Father."
"The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him." Nahum 1:7
Martyn Lloyd Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount