Now I am in no way about to suggest our prayer life is like ordering lunch in a restaurant, or kind of like the former Burger King slogan, "have it your way" because that would be sacrilege! But what if our prayers went unfulfilled because we were never clear on what we needed? Specificity in prayer goes a long way.
I had the opportunity to meet with Oral Roberts (Charismatic evangelist 40's) about 8yrs ago. He was well up in years and welcomed young ministers in his home to pass on the torch of evangelism and faith. At the conclusion of these meetings he would lay hands and pray over his visitors. He was emphatic about knowing/stating what we were asking for. It was important to him because he actually believed God would answer! A young man (18) in attendance was actually refused because he was too vague and general in his request. (He prayed for the kid after he thought about what he was seeking)
Jesus says that the Father doesn't bait and switch our hopes and petitions of heaven. God has the resources to bless you and the storehouse is always in stock for what you need, but if you don't ask and ask with specificity your request may go unfulfilled. Not because he won't answer but because you never raised your voice for what you wanted to come down. So pray today with specificity. As the old saying goes "he who aims at nothing...invariably hits it"
Luke 11:9-13 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"