There are many things that God expects us to do. But there are many other things that only He can do. And God expects us to call upon Him to do those things that are His "job." He even invites us to "come boldly to the throne of Grace" (Hebrew 4:16)
God gave you feelings so that you could light the alter of incense, so that you might burn about something to the point that when you add your believing to your feeling, it's like putting a match to incense. Your prayer then floats up to God as a sweet-smelling savor!
No two blends of incense smell the same. And the same is true for your prayer. The way you pray and the words you use and the intent of your heart are all about you. Don't pray someone else's prayer. Don't say to yourself, "Well, that prayer worked for her. Maybe it will work for me." God is looking for a prayer that comes up out of your passion, your desire, your emotions, your soul!
Do you really want to see God move? Really? Then touch God with your passion. Touch him with your feelings, with your getting up in the middle of the night and pacing the floor, with your tears that flow like a flood, with your groaning and wailing if that is what you need to do.
He is not swayed by your need. You may be broke, busted, and disgusted, but those conditions will not sway him. He is moved by a depth of your desire that is matched by the depth of your faith! It takes both. If there are any ashes still smoldering in your heart, any flickers of faith still burning in your spirit, blow on those coals. Fan them into a flame of desire, and call out to God.
Can you still feel? Then God can still be moved on your behalf. You may be weak. You may have failed. You may have sinned. But if you still have feeling toward God and you still have a desire in your heart to see Him move on your behalf, then God can still be moved.
You may not have what someone else has. You may not look like that other person looks. You may not have one another's talents or skills; but none of that matters. None of that moves God. He is moved by the feelings of your infirmities.
God is not moved by what you have, He is moved by how you feel about what you don't have and by what you need. He is moved by what you are believing for with your Faith. Put the flame of feeling to the incense of your prayers, and keep seeking God! It's not too late - yet! But don't wait...you never know when the time will come that Jesus will call us all home!
Hebrews 6:11,12 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
There is no right or wrong way to pray...You just need to make sure you do it! Prayer is powerful!