These are pretty good points, especially the part about praying to be a man of character. I have been praying for this on and off for good while now. It is important to be a man who is ready to be a good husband. Even though my last relationship ended with a secular girl, I prayed for patience and forgiveness and made good strides. Of course I still battle pride and harshness and all these things, but that is one prayer I can testify to having been answered.Good
God doesn't grant wishes in my worldview and i think this type of thinking is a distorted view of the Bible pushed by highly sheltered wealthy evangelicals who haven't fully understood or accepted the nature of masculinity/feminity or humanity in general. Suffering is just part of the gig of being here and Jesus made that clear in the gospels. I wouldn't want someone to lose their faith or have it damaged by latching onto this pervasive wish granting ideology in the mainstream church.i don't believe this is what prayer is intended for but you'll see prosperity teachings all over the place. Not to say God won't bless you, but you need to prepare for any outcome at any time. Life's short so i believe you should plan accordingly and not let the whims of loneliness or your flesh dictate your satisfaction with life. Pray to become a man of character and if you find a great wife so much the better. If you don't have that character in place you wont make a very good husband anyway.
But I also think that God is open to granting us certain things. I think within His will there are many options as to what is permissible, hence us having free will. If it is truly in my heart to marry God may help me become married. If it is truly in my heart to become a monk or a priest He may allow that as well, so long as these things can conform to His ultimate design. I don't believe we have a fixed path in life. But I may be wrong about this. You make your point well and it is definitely something to consider. I will probably ammend my prayers and focus more on praying to be able to abide in and accept his will. But for now I will also continue with this thirty day prayer.
Edit: Day 8 (?) Completed. I have prayed for all of you. And want to reiterate my love for the brothers here!
Also, I may take a break from the internet next week, so if I don't post do not think I have forgot or abandoned the project. I will probably write down the names I have so far.