For the past month, or so, I have really struggled with the question of whether or not God answers prayers. I have come to the personal conclusion that He does. But I have also found (in Scripture) that answered prayers come by our faithfulness to what we are asking for. Basically, if we are Persistent, Honest, and Believing, our prayers will be answer.
Now I will post examples of that :
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
(Luke 18:1-8 ESV)
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
(Luke 11:1-10 ESV)
A lot of instances “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knows it will be opened,” is used to encourage the believer to pray for whatever they want to (Remember pray “According to your will, Lord) but in context we see why. The persistence of the man who sought his friend for three loaves of bread. In our character being believers, God is pleased with our faithfulness to Him. When we continue in prayer on a consistent basis for whatever it may be,unless the Lord has told us he will not grant us what he asks, because it is a danger to us, we should continue on in prayer until what we have prayed for has come to pass. If you recognize God’s voice, if you trust and believe you hear Him, then if he will not grant your request, you well hear from Him. I cannot speak or defend those who do not believe Christians can hear from their Father. But God will not motivate prayers that aren’t according to His will.
I encourage you all to stay faithful to what you initially started praying for whatever it may be, and while you want for the answer continue to seek God to grow in character and in your overall relationship with Him. He answers!