"When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures"
It is important when we pray that we take the time to understand our motive for the prayer.
1. Am I expressing Gods love in this situation
2. What is my motivation to do so - anything in it for me?
Our motives as Christians is in performance of Christ like acts (love) that glorify God. Our prayers should also be a reflection of our motive, especially if we want them answered!!