And I say to you ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you (Luke 11:9).
For it to be said that prayers are answered, prayers have to be prayed. So, the first thing is to pray.
God hears all our prayers and, in one sense, he answers all our prayers just not always in the way we want.
So, that sometimes, God doesn’t give us what we want doesn’t mean our prayers aren’t answered. In fact, No is an answer and when God says No, it is not because he wants to deny us anything but because that is what is best for us at the time.
We trust God’s answer because we know He loves us infinitely and we are certain that He knows what’s best for us and so we keep trusting even when His answer is no or when he asks us to wait and be patient.
It’s important to always look at the bigger picture in that sometimes if we don’t look beyond ourselves, we wouldn’t see how those prayers of ours were answered, though in another dimension different from the way we asked or wanted. Truth is, every time, it’s always a better dimension than what we asked.
When we do get those answers we want, in the way that we want them or in another dimension, whether it’s relatively immediate or there’s a long wait, we shouldn’t chalk it up to luck or good timing, we should attribute it to God and remember to thank Him for it.
Prayers answered by God but not realized or acknowledged by us or always forgotten by us don’t add up to an unshakable faith. Prayers prayed, waited for, and perfectly answered, acknowledged, and then, remembered–do.