This morning I read these words...
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Compassion and the God of all Comfort..." (2 Corinthians 1:3)
...and I was comforted. He is the Father of Compassion and He does care. How kind he is that even when I was wallowing in self-pity He reached out and helped.
I recognise the misunderstanding of the role of faith in prayer inherent in my thinking above. I heard someone talk at length yesterday from James 5 about the power of prayer resting in our faith, so it is little wonder my thoughts ran in that direction.
Also the "talk to myself rather than listen to myself" is a quote I have read somewhere recently, but I can't remember where.
Found it! It's a quote from Martin Lloyd-Jones that Jean posted, here. Thanks to the commenter below!