Do you talk with God each day through prayer and praise?
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 KJV)
Prayerfulness and thankfulness is a key ingredient in living a life of godliness. One cannot forgo direct spiritual communication with God or mirror godliness and harbor selfishness and ungratefulness in the depths of their heart and be in a right spiritual relationship with Him. An unthankful attitude and Christ-likeness are at opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum. One shines with the likeness of Christ pointing to an existence of personal relationship with Him through mercy, faith, and love for the things of Christ and for others. Ingratitude and rebellion and not being in submission to authority, on the other hand, points to self-governing and is a hallmark characteristic of those dwelling with the god of this world rather than residing with God; now and for all eternity.
Direct prayerful communication with God is not possible without a personal relationship with Him. It is this one on one link with God in prayer that allows us to lift others up, interceding for any needs, and for the cares and concerns of others giving thanks for others; especially those in leadership positions over us whether it be in the family, church, or in our government.
God desires that we pray for others in intercession, support, in praise and worship, and for comfort in unpleasant situations; always giving thanks for all men whom God has created and has allowed some to be in authority over us as we live in subjection to God and His will for our life.