I think I often ask God for things and feel that He should give them to me if I have “done all the right things”. Maybe I have worked hard, prayed hard, sought counsel etc. and so the Lord should give me what I ask for. But Daniel puts it so well in his prayer:
. . . We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. (Dan. 9:18)
We ask the Lord for things not because we deserve them but because we don’t deserve them! Lord, let me appeal to Your great mercy!!