Why do you pray? Is it to get what you want? Change something that makes you unhappy? Find a way out of a desperate situation? It’s okay. We all pray like this, sometimes, and God wants us to pour out our innermost thoughts, desires and fears to Him. It’s a beginning. However, the motivating factor behind our prayer life should be this: to know His will and obey Him. I found this quote that expresses true prayer well:
“That prayer which does not succeed in moderating our wish, in changing the passionate desire into still submission, the anxious, tumultuous expectation into silent surrender, is no true prayer and proves that that we have not the spirit of true prayer. That life is most holy in which there is least of petition and desire, and most of waiting upon God; that in which petition most often passes into thanksgiving. Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God’s will. The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it.” F.W. Robertson
This is how Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was an anguished, but genuine prayer; a prayer that was all about the Father and His plan.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42
Can you follow His lead and pray to be led into God’s will, not your own? It’s a prayer that will never fail.