We have all heard the advice “Be careful what you ask for, because you might get it.” In Numbers 14:28-35 the Hebrew people said they would have been better off if they had died in the desert. So God decided to let them do just that – die in the desert.
Should I ask God for what I want? Sure! But I must ask, not demand. And my requests should be accompanied by “But if You think something else is better, I’ll be glad to take that instead.” (And really mean it when I say it.)
After asking, I must remember to listen. Prayer is meant to be a dialogue, not a monologue.