When a person asks why God has not answered their prayers (and we have all experienced that), the usual Christian response is along the lines of 'God always answers, but sometimes it is a 'no' or 'wait'. As the person has NOT heard from God, which is why the question is being asked, it must be supposed that the ‘no’ or ‘wait’ are evidenced by silence from above and no visible change in the circumstance being prayed about, and the asker is left in a spiritual limbo of uncertainty and doubt, wondering where the breakdown in communication lies. Moreover, it seems it is all to do with God deciding ‘yay, nay or maybe’, not dependent upon the petitioners’ heart attitude.
Is this scriptural?
I had a look for myself..
Mat 21:21-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Mark 11:23-24 ‘For truly I say to you, whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them’.
Luke 8:49-50 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
Mar 5:33 -36 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Luk 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
1Jn 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
From you - faith and trust are needed.
From the Lord God –the prayer needs to be heard (which depends on your standing with Him (ie your faith and trust) and to be in the Fathers will.
Result - provided you have faith and trust, whatever you have asked for ( in His will) shall be granted – that is what scripture says.