Your prayer will be answered if you know what to do. If you have been praying and not having answers to your prayers, that should not discourage you.
There is a story of a man who went and knocked on a door and nobody opened. He knocked and knocked but nobody opened. He did not give up. He insisted and knocked harder. Soon a woman appeared and opened.
Her excuse for the delay to open was that many children in the neighborhood had the practice of coming and knocking on the door just to disturb. When the man was knocking she took him for those delinquent children. It was when he insisted that she knew it was someone serious who really wanted to get in. Hence, she came and opened.
In this story, you find the old lesson of insistence, persistence and perseverance. We have hammered more than enough on this already.
What I like us to do today is to relate it to prayer. Many people complain that their prayers are not answered. The truth is God answers all prayers that are serious. It should not surprise you that there are also people who play truancy with God as the children in the story. They are out to disturb God. God does not take such people serious.
God takes only those who are serious in prayer serious. You show seriousness in prayer through persistence, perseverance; insistence. If you keep on hammering on God’s ears, he will finally listen to you. If you knock and knock and knock, he will end up opening the door to you.
This is the big secret of prayer. That is why we are advised to pray without ceasing; to pray at all times. 1 Th 5:16. Billions of prayers buzz in God’s ears every second. He wants to see all those who are serious. Those, he answers.
You must, therefore, not give up on God in prayer until he opens the door to you. He is right at home waiting to open the door; but only to those who prove they are serious.
St. James teaches us to be patient in prayer: “Be patient, then, my friends, until the Lord comes” ( Jas.5:7 ).
He draws an analogy between us and the farmer:”See how patient farmers are as they wait for their land to produce precious crops.They wait patiently for the autumn and spring rains. You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord’s coming is near”( Jas.5:7-8).