I heard the saying once "Believe receive, doubt do without. "James 1:6 says "But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." God is not a genie in a bottle or a magician but He wants to hear from us daily in prayer. We are not to just pray and ask for things but to lift up our praises and thanks to Him as well. We are to pray and not give up as well. (Luke 18:1). Sometimes we keep praying and praying and it seems nothing may be happening. Why Lord? God answers prayers sometimes in ways we do not think of. Only trust Him.
Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."( Luke 18:27) Trust God, live for Him, walk with Him and He will hear your prayers. Psalm 66:18 says "If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened." Your heart has to be right too. Do not go to the Lord harboring resentment or sin in your heart.
In Matthew Chapter 6 verses 7 and 8 it reads "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Talk to God like you are talking to a friend. He wants to hear from you. You do not need to use thee's and thou's to get through to Him. He is waiting. Call on Him. "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." (Jeremiah 33:3)
PRAYER: Lord Jesus search us today and know our hearts. Lead us in the path you want us to walk. Forgive us for the times we have ignored you, put you on the shelf, and tried to do things our own way. In Jesus Name. Amen!