It is accepted that we should start prayer with praise and thanksgiving, which we might say was the status back in the garden before Eve ate the apple. Then we move into confession, asking for forgiveness, and intercession. Church liturgy follows this progression, which is an excellent reason to attend church service.
But I am one of those pray-ers who often forgets the praise and awe part when I am not intentional about it. Gratitude, thanks to my mother, is an easy part of my prayer. In fact, expressing gratitude is one of the ways that help me step out of myself, and stand in awe of God’s creation. Forgiveness isn’t a big part of my prayer—Hmm, I need to think about that. God calls me to intercession. I know this is a God call because never could make up such a thing, and because I slip into it consciously and unconsciously all the time.