We ask so much, as if we truly knew the right questions to ask.

A specific question shows your assumption that you know where salvation lies. But with this specificity you simply limit what can be answered to you. You put the boundaries around what it is possible for you to hear.

Do not try to present an imagined problem in front of God for Him to solve. Instead, ask what is the true problem you are having. Ask what is it that He wants you to ask. To a correct question the answer will be supplied.