... we ask what pleases him.

This is not about options A, B, C or D in situation X.
Ever considered God may not care which of A, B, C or D you choose!
This is more to do with having a relationship with God - knowing how he thinks, his preferences, his objectives (your Kingdom come, your will be done).
Not seeing God as a black box with a handle I turn to get what I want out of it.
Not seeing God as a drink machine into which I put my money and if I press the right button get the drink I want.
i.e. heared prayers are not dependent on my good behavour... (ignoring any harvest, whether good and bad, arising from my behavour). Heared prayer is dependent on the asking not the doing!