We are communicating not with another person but with the God of the universe. Jesus told a story about a persistent person who needed bread from a neighbor. It was late but the neighbor continued to pound on the door and finally got what was needed.
Do we try prayer once and give up? Or do we persist? One difficulty in prayer may be that we are vague about a request. The more specific the better. If you need bread, ask for it.
There is w true story of a child of missionary couple. This couple frequently did not have enough money for meat. He wanted a nice big hamburger. The child prayed. Dear Lord please send us 3 pounds of hamburger meat.
Not long after, there a knock on the door and a woman appeared with a grocery bag. You guessed. She told the family she had been led to buy 3 pounds of hamburger meat. How precise is our prayer on the need we present to God? Are we serious enough to persist in praying through until the answer comes?
If we want to experience God in our nitty gritty lives, we need to get back to real, heartfelt prayer.