Many times Christians debate about prayer. Some say to pray specifically is telling God what to do and we should pray in generalities because He knows what we need, others say pray specifically. Several saints as well as our Lord give us wonderful examples of prayer throughout the Bible.
2 years ago I decided I just had to see a Painted Bunting, though they pass very near to my home during spring migration, I have never seen one or heard of one being in the Richmond city limits. In 2006 we had Orioles that normally migrate on a different path. People from across the country were going to the Brazos Bend State Park to see them. That gave me the idea that Painted Buntings might be closer than normal.
I had several Hummingbirds, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Gold Finches, Pine Siskin, Woodpeckers, as well as several other species of birds in my yard. So I asked the Lord to send a Painted Bunting or 2 my way, an hour later I looked in my front yard and as big as day was a female Painted Bunting in all her green feathers. I thought Lord…I wanted to see a male Painted Bunting. He said, Annette you didn’t say you wanted to see a Male Painted Bunting. I knew where there was a female, there had to be a male. I sat outside for several days in my spare time and never saw him.
Since that time, I have prayed very specifically. The Lord showed me a valuable illustration on how to pray with a female Painted Bunting.
Jesus was specific in His prayers, Paul was specific in his prayers, and I would bet money that Peter did not pray in generalities and I don’t gamble. The Lord tells us in His word:
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Jesus said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.