The poem Prayer is An Egg by Rumi can be read in its entirety here.
"...Then you pray the prayer that is the essence
of every ritual: God,
I have no hope. I am torn to shreds. You are my first and
last and only refuge.
Don't do daily prayers like a bird pecking, moving its head
up and down. Prayer is an egg.
Hatch out the total helplessness inside."
Our best prayers do not arise from a feeling of self-satisfaction or entitlement. Pray more egg-prayers.