I do this, I do this often.
I don't feel it is because I'm not praying for the "right" things, I'm simply praying out of want and human nature thinking I know what I need. I have had multiple times in my life when I look back and see where God said "not now", "not that job", "not that relationship" (being male or female), "not this time", "not a chance"...And I see where He has redirected me to something so much greater than I ever imagined for myself.
I have come to realize I limit God - sadly, I do this often! It isn't that I don't believe HE is capable. I doubt that I am capable and presume it's not going to be in my favor, but pray anyway. What kind of prayer is that? Half hearted. And Jesus knows, He knows what my TRUE heart is and He knows when I believe in Him but not in myself. I believe it is times like this when He reminds me HE KNOWS and HE WILL DIRECT THE PATH.
This morning as I'm reflecting over things. Really thinking and taking in a deep breath to see His hands on my life, I am smiling and I'm saying THANK YOU JESUS! Sometimes when the answer was NO. I was upset. Sometimes when the answer was Not Now... I was disappointed. There are things I am prayerful for in this moment. I'm not questioning Jesus like I perhaps once did with His timing, leading or answers... I'm simply trusting. Because history has been very clear ~ when I trust Him and follow where He leads life is blessed. When I knock on the door and it doesn't open, I know He has another door and I am to praise Him in the hallway.
Jesus wants so much for us, so much joy, happiness and love! Do not hesitate to ASK, SEEK and KNOCK and in doing so, always without doubt or hesitation know He is preparing you for what He has prepared for you and tell him THANK YOU, because I promise with all that I am, HIS PLANS are exceedingly amazing and He is protecting, directing and leading you to a plan beyond anything you could possibly imagine! GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6