"'Why do you bring charges against me? You have all rebelled against me,' declares the LORD."
When we pray, have we any right to ask God for the things we desire? Have not each one of us gone astray? Have we all not "played the harlot", as Jeremiah 2 so potently describes? It is as if a man caught cheating returns and asks her for favors. Would not the last person on Earth you would want to see be your cheating ex? Indeed we have no right to complain, or ask, let alone even to talk to God after what we've done.
But God isn't bitter nor is his love fickle. He has loved us with an undying love that nothing in this world could break, not even sin, which was defeated on the Cross by Christ. Love accepts us, but justice transforms us. They cannot exist apart from the other. God is no fool, but righteous. Thus love requires justice to be love. He listens to the prayer of those who obey for "the prayer of the righteous man is powerful and effective" and righteousness is by faith.
So when we pray, we do so humbly, knowing we deserve nothing but relying on God's own goodness and righteousness to care for us. We do so in faith knowing that He is willing and able to do it. How wonderful it is to be able to talk to God and how overlooked is its value! Prayer is our privilege.