Don't pray for material things, Mother said, like a new football helmet. God doesn't like that. Save Him for bigger things, like if one of us gets very sick. The way to get on His good side is to ask for general things, like health & happiness. And tell Him he doesn't have to give them to you now, you'll take them in the future.
How to Pray by Hal Sirowitz from Mother Said (Poems) (Crown Publishers, 1996)