Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Everywhere God works by law, by order, by method. But our Lord taught us that prayer is not the attempt to drag down the divine operations to the level of our folly; prayer is a method by which we lift up our will into correspondence with the methods of God. There are stores of blessings which God intends for us but which He will not give unless we energetically correspond with His law, with His method, by prayer. Prayer is as fruitful a correspondence with the method of God as work – as fruitful and as necessary.
We so often fail in our praying because we have already prepared the track along which we want God’s blessing to come, whereas we should most sincerely adjust our desires and our will to His will and His way of blessing. It is well to ask as we begin to pray – Am I in this matter delighting in the Lord, and fully surrendered to His will.