In our world people are happy to pray and ask for help. Everyone who ever prayed knows that prayer is also the conversation with God. People who pray asks for help, seeking answers, looking for new ways where they could go in their life.
But sometimes we pray and our prayers are never heard? Or it looks like that for us. But this is not true. God hears everything what we are about to say, to ask, and He is always ready to answer - but we have to first open our heart for Him.
The story goes when one little boy was praying every night for some things he always wanted and he believe that God will give them to him. And he was right about believing, but was not right about how he asked.
To ask something from God and not offer anything from yourself is the only way your prayers will not be answered. To ask something - means to give something back from yourself.
In New Testament, James 4, it is written that :
" Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
That is the explanation of why this little boy got no answer. Because after his every pray he went outside his house and did things which are not even close to opening to God : he hate people, he was angry on his brothers, he was cursing, he even tried to steal something. These things were the lock of his prayers, because he was not ready to open his heart and to change himself.
Only after we can promise to ourselves that we will do everything to be a good example, to be a good people and to love each other - than we can start to ask something for us. And I can assure you - it really works. Just if you want to see some changes - first be the change.