I believe in the power of prayer (Jas. 5:16), and I believe Christians need to talk to God often (1 Thess. 5:17). I also believe we need to have a deeply respectful attitude when we speak to Him.
A while ago, I heard a young person start of his prayer with, “Hey God! What’s up?!” When I heard that I just about fell over. I know prayer should be a deeply personal thing. But when we start talking to God like an equal, or like He is our ‘best bud’ at school or work, then maybe we need to reassess our mindset. Perhaps we need to have the attitude of the publican who wouldn’t even lift his eyes up to heaven because he was so aware of his sin (Luke 18:9-14).
Let’s be aware that compared to our Creator, we are nothing. It is only by His grace (cf. Eph. 2:8-9) that we can call Him our Father. We need to know our place and our relationship to Him.
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)