In this day and age, God no longer has the luxury of burning bushes to talk to his people---lest He wanted to get someone locked up for arson.
God is omnipresent. He is in everyone and everything. He has is Divine Hand in every situation and every event. Hence, when we speak to God during our prayers His answer can be as subtle as the falling of a leaf. The thing is we need to be a believer of His presence for us to be able to catch on to what He is telling us.
I do believe that there is no such thing as consequences. Consequences are God's anonymous interventions in our lives. He can answer our prayers through your friends, family members, co-workers, and even your scheming enemy. The thing is, God does not provide solutions to our problems. He gives us options. In the end---everything will be in our hands. Free will, remember?
However, our relationship with God should not be forged only during times of crisis. He should not just play the helpdesk to our troubles but more importantly He should be the guide in our lives.
Life is not meant to be perfect but everyday is a gift which is why it is called the present. Have faith that God is always watching over us. In each of our burden He walks with us and lifts us up every time we falter. Little that we know---He carries us most of the time.