“Never stop praying” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT)
God **DOES** answer prayers.
At university, my dormitory room had two windows on the outside wall with a bed under each window.
In the middle of the night, I woke up because a strong wind was coming through my window. The wind was so strong that I needed to grip the sides of my bed. I felt “love” in the wind.
Then, I thought, “You must prove to yourself that you are not dreaming. Look over at your roommate”.
I raised up on my arms and looked. He was in bed, sleeping. However, no wind was coming through his window.
To pray, we don’t need to get on our knees with folded hands. We can even ask God for mundane assistance.
While walking our dog one evening, I merely thought, “Our son could use some part-time work now. A translating job would be perfect”.
Two days later, his American football coach asked him to translate the NCAA rule book for their entire league. Paid work.
God does not answer every prayer. I have no idea about the exact conditions that are necessary before God will answer a prayer. In fact, like so many other aspects of God’s character, God seems arbitrary–God appears to answer prayers almost randomly.