If we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. –1 John 5:15
Paul believed that prayer should be specific. Many times, we pray general prayers: “Lord, bless me, bless my family, bless the pastor, bless the church, bless, bless, bless.” We pray these general prayers that have no way to measure them to know if they have been answered or not. Why do we do that? Tony Evans once said, “We pray these general prayers because we want to let God off the hook.” We do not want to ask Him for specific things in case He cannot pull them off, so we ask for general things instead. Yet, the Bible says we ought to pray specifically.