Begin your meditation with prayer for that is when we talk to God and the meditation is when we listen. If we begin by talking to the divine about what we would like to know, we will surely receive. It's that simple, really.
But our goal shouldn't be getting a response, but rather the act of prayer and meditation, which brings us in and connects us with the divine, making us whole, if but only for a short time. It is how we feed our spirit and nourish our soul.