The problem we run into, especially with our culture/society, is everyone wants something for free or for little to no work. God tells us those who don't work, don't eat, but it seems as though we've forgotten that in today's age. We pray and ask God to give us something in particular but we don't show Him our faith by working for it.
I have failed because God doesn't work with hopes and dreams. He works when we start moving and take action. I had a plan but in fear of failure I never moved forward, I procrastinated.