The true language for asking from Allah Ta’aalaa is not in the form of words which express your requisitions. The language is your heart. What you truly wish from your real life, is in actual fact what you are asking for from your Creator; Allah. Allah does not look at your words, He looks at you, yourself. When a child asks his mother for some bread, it is highly unlikely that the mother will place hot ashes in his hand. Allah has even more mercy upon His servants than this.
It is never possible that you ask Allah Ta’aalaa for his fear and in return He makes you hard hearted. That you ask for his remembrance, and in return He makes you oblivious to this. That you ask for zeal for the Hereafter, and in return He involves you with the love for this world. That you ask for sincere religious inclination, and in return He leaves you in an insincere religious state. That you ask for true faith and godliness, and in return He leaves you tied up in the darkness of self devotion.
Hence, if in your language such things to be desired do not exist, then this proves the fact that you have as yet, not asked from Allah Ta’aalaa. If you wish to purchase some milk and you set off for the market with a strainer, it is obvious that even after spending money, you will return empty handed. Similarly, if you repeat the words of supplication (dua) continuously, yet your real self is drawn elsewhere, then it must be known that neither have you asked nor have you achieved. Whoever asks, is never left deprived.
REMEMBER: It is against the honour of Allah; the Owner of the universe that He may leave any one of His servants in such a situation, that on the day of Reckoning when the servant is brought in the presence of Allah, the servant will look at Allah longingly, full of regret and say, “O, Allah! I asked from you one thing but you never gave it to me.” By the name of Allah, this is impossible. The Owner of the Universe comes close by to you (every) morning and evening with His entire treasures and says, “Who shall ask from me that I may give him?”
BUT THOSE WHO NEED TO ASK ARE ASLEEP,
SO WHAT IS THE FAULT OF THE GIVER?
[JAMEA PUBLICATION NO. L8]