Mark 10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
James and John blatantly stated that they wanted God to do their will. Before we ask, we want you to know that we want you to do what we are about to ask. We want you to do what we say.
Does that ever size up the way we feel about God and prayer? We go to Him, and we ask fully expecting that He will treat us like the king. We rarely go to Him as though He were the king. We go for our will not His will.
We aren’t as blunt and bold as these two. We are much coyer. We hide it in our words, but our hearts give us away. Later our actions give us away too. If God doesn’t do what we ask, we feel deceived, let down, angry, or bitter. We doubt that prayer works; after all, it didn’t get me what I wanted, did it.