The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine, but to mold my will into His. (Tim Keller, preacher and author)

Millions of people pray, and most often they are asking God for something they need or want. Not all those prayers are answered in the way the petitioner wanted. But those who pray with some understanding of the biblical principles of prayer will discover that God’s plan is better than theirs. When they conform to his purposes, they can find peace in the better answer.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6) Devote yourselves to prayer (Colossians 4:2).