Sometimes what I need most, what we need most, is to pray for a situation in our life, but somehow other things keep getting in the way. Jesus illustrated this point when he prayed in Gethsemane:
Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Matthew 26:36-41
We have to pray for God’s strength to overcome the weakness of our earthly bodies. To give us the strength of his Holy Spirit to overcome any obstacles that are placed in our path.
For “people do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4