If you don't like what you're getting in your life, change your prayer. How you live your life is a form of prayer; what you pay attention to is a form of prayer; what you express gratitude for is a form of prayer.
It's hard to express the feeling watching your son cry and scream and experience so much pain that he says he wishes he were dead. Even though he later admitted he didn't mean it, the words still pierce the air.
We no longer see ourselves as active and response-able participants in the connective universal plan, but rather, the boss of it. Ironically, this leaves us feeling disturbed, disempowered, disconnected.
Leigh Taylor-Young and I participated recently in the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia. Nelson Mandela attended that Parliament and spoke of his debt to religion throughout his life.