Fr. Bay, pastor at Sts. Augustine Gabriel, during a homily shared that he was imprisoned in Vietnam for attempting to escape the country. He desired to escape in order to become a priest. For some reason, he was not permitted to do this in his native country.
He attempted escape many times and was imprisoned many times. Over time, he began to lose heart for his goal.
During this time he would pray, "God, please make a way for this, or kill the idea in me".
This seems like a practical and poignant prayer. I can relate.