I wanted to say this just because it was on my mind for a bit today:
If you’re like me and have a tendency to over-specify what you’re asking for in prayers to the gods out of fear of repercussions that might stem from unspecificity*, know this:
The gods are wise. They are very wise, and they can tell what it is you’re asking for even if you don’t specify the extraneous minutia of everything. If you have their favor, you will receive it. If they are determined to cause you to suffer or to twist your words to excuse such a thing, they will find a way to do just that. All you can do is offer your prayer, and with everything I just said being true, it is better to focus on whether or not your prayer is heartfelt rather than whether or not it is specific enough for a trickster robot genie to understand.
Edit (February 21, 2018):
For clarity’s sake, since a counterargument has been made and addressed elsewhere: This is about placing a reasonable amount of trust in gods who deserve it for the sake of reducing unnecessary, self-induced anxiety. Prayers to gods you love and trust to protect you when you need/ask them to are not like interactions with a bank teller, where you tell them exactly what you want and they give you exactly that. That may be the case in some scenarios, but generally, praying to a god you love and trust is more like being a child and crawling into your parent’s bed after a nightmare. If they truly do have your best interests in mind, they will let you take refuge in their presence and power. If they don’t, well… there’s not really much you can do to make an abusive, neglectful or malevolent parent truly caring, is there?
*I’m trying to encourage the idea of this word being added to the English dictionary. Bear with me.