A lot of people wonder why their prayers are not being answered and things aren’t working right for them. Well, that’s why prayer is such an important subject and we must know the right way to do it.
The first thought that must be established in your mind in order for you to be able to pray effectively is this: God wants to hear and answer your prayers. If He had planned it any other way, He would never have required you to pray. That’s why
He said, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Consider the Lord Jesus: He always received answers to His prayers. He never once prayed in vain. When we pray we should not expect to have any less than He. That’s because He’s given us the authority to use His Name. When we speak in His Name, it’s as authoritative and effective as Jesus Himself speaking to the Father.
Sadly though, too many Christians don’t know this because they don’t spend enough time to study the Word. So they don’t enjoy a personal relationship with God.
We need to know God as our Father and our Friend; One who’s not far away and can be trusted. If God is a stranger to you, then you can’t trust Him; that’s the reason for doubt. But when you know Him, you’ll have faith in Him, and when you have faith in Him, you’ll trust Him.
extracts from Praying The right Way