Romans 8:7-8

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

God does even attempt to control our carnal self, so praying for Him to do so is a waste of time. Flesh and blood will never inherit the Kingdom of God, as it quickly poison the Heavenly environment and tarnish it forever. This earthly world is the realm of sin, death, and destruction. The only remedy for evil on earth is misery and pain, as the wrong we do MUST be subject to penalties imposed upon us by those who use the law to help control and tame our wayward flesh. Those who ignore God and His ways, will at least consider changing their ways to escape punishment here on earth. Corporal punishment is a strong motivator to do good, for those who lead a selfish and immoral life. The “good news” is God can and will forgive all of our sins, so we can boldly stand before Him one day with a clean record of offenses. We need to die to the flesh, and begin living the spirit-led life while we still have the option to do so.