Many years ago, I was in a catch 22. I had to have a car to work, but I couldn't work without a car. I had no wheels at the time, I had no money, but did have a God who could do a miracle. So I sat down, wrote a list describing the exact type of car I wanted. I wanted a small one in white, black or cobalt blue with a good transmission and engine. I wanted it to be nice and rust free, nothing special necessary. And the one specific I asked God for was that it be a 5 speed.
This was the first time I began practicing fasting. I didn't fast for days, however, I fasted for 3 months, and several meals each month. Prior to doing this I had heard someone speak about praying specifics and though now I cannot remember the things they said in detail now, I remember how much they stressed this opportunity.
I did my part to talk to my pastor to see if he knew anyone who was giving away a car they didn't want that was in decent working shape. No one just gives cars away unless led by God, and I knew God could get me one, so I added faith to my fasting and prayer.
My pastor emailed me one day saying he had a gentleman that had visited our church just a few times who had a vehicle he was giving away. I went to meet he and his wife, and as we pulled into their driveway, I knew I saw the car God was about to give me. A ford tempo would soon become the 3rd vehicle I owned, with all the external characteristics I asked for. White, small, no rust, perfect for me. The couple refused money, but asked that in return I simply pass out business cards for their catering business to anyone whom I thought would be interested. As I walked down the stairs with the keys in hand, the man walked out his front door in a rush and said, "I'm sorry, I forgot to ask you if you knew how to drive a stick shift.'
God had answered even my 'want' prayer request as if It wasn't a blessing enough to have my needs met by Him. I was so excited I could barely contain myself. The bible says when your ways please God and your following His commands, you can ask what you will and it will be given to you. John 14:13.
I believe it is important to pray specifics in some situations. It is important to pray in the spirit primarily, as doing so allows the spirit to pray the will of God. But to pray specifics about a particular situation is important and it builds our faith. When we pray specifics, and God answers, we cannot chalk that up to coincidence and doubt. We know that God has answered our prayer which builds faith in our spirit man.
I would encourage you to pray specifics in your life. There is nothing wrong with asking God for particular needs even down to the most minor detail, as long as there is not selfish ambition involved, and your honoring God in your life by obeying His commands. God cares about the things we need to survive in life. He also wants us to enjoy the extras and will bless His children. Matthew 7:11 says 'If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!'
The experience I had in this is not one I will soon forget. I would love to hear anyone else's story about how God answered their specific prayers.