Romans 8:26-27 (NASB)
26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
13 "Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
We pray yet it is hard sometimes to see how it has been answered. Often, when we look back, we can see that God was there but not in the way we expected or could see at the time. Other times there seems to be no answer at all. We might wonder if He is even listening at all.
We are told to take everything to Him in prayer: all our questions, disappointments, sorrows, losses, joys, thanks, requests, and concerns. Examples of every kind can be found in Psalms. The Bible tells us that God is concerned with each one of us as His children and His knows our desires and thoughts.
Prayer brings our focus on God. It ranges from being aware of His presence, asking for help in this business of living, to seeking Him in word and worship. We may see responses to our particular petitions that match what we think are the best answer. But the true outcome and result of prayer will not be apparent until we are with the Lord. What does not make sense now will be clear. Scripture says that we see in part now, but at that time we will know. But right now we are called to have faith in the One Who is faithful. That is one outcome that is sure to come to pass.