We are those gods' children, and I consider it essential to develop a deep and meaningful relationship with those gods. I refuse, however, to go bothering my divine parents every time I need to get something done. I consider the tasks of these very large gods, those monumental tasks which keep reality running, to be far too important to be distracted by my needs. I don't phone Stephen Hawking every time I am stuck on my physics homework, after all. I strongly frown upon prayer which begs the favors of gods for this reason.
PRAYER, n. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. --Ambrose Bierce
Here's the beauty of it: I don't need to. Through honoring the gods, connecting with them through ritual, offerings, and meditation, and through study and learning of them and through creating devotionals to them, I have truly claimed my birthright as their child. In mythologies from across the globe, we read stories of great demi-gods and heroes who were humans born of at least one god, who had phenomenal wisdom, power, and magic. Likewise, through my connection with those gods I honor as parents, I am able to draw upon that power I earned from my connection to aid me in a number of situations.
I can't tell you how many times I have asked myself, "What would ______ do?," get an answer, and do it, thereby resolving the situation. Because I have that relationship, I can do that.
And of course, there is always magick, all of which is powered by my connection to the gods both great and mighty and more specific to the task. Spiritual self-reliance is the reason I focus so heavily on magick as a part of my practice. A witch doesn't beg. She rolls up her sleeves and takes care of business.
You will never hear, "Oh Goddess, help me with this and that," from my lips. I will never bother them to handle my problems for me. The gods have given me access to all the knowledge and ability to do it myself. To not use said knowledge and ability is to insult the real value of the gifts they have given me.