There are spiritual teachers who will assure you that every prayer is answered. Its just that sometimes and even most times the answer is “No.”
Personally, speaking I don’t know how they can make this declaration. How do they KNOW?
My view from the exploration and practice of prayer is that the reason why prayers are not answered is due to the disconnect from the Source.
Prayers are answered to the extent that you become available to the prayer that is being prayed through you from Divine intention.
Consider that last sentence as the KEY to experiencing prayer that works.
This is not a focus on crisis intervention but an invitation to living as a moment to moment invitation to grace experience.
This is what it means to pray always. You are always open to receiving inspiration (the action of being connected to Spirit)
It isn’t talking to God. It isn’t you as a wave dictating to the Ocean.
It is you recognizing that you are a wave on the Ocean of Eternal Love but never separate from the Ocean. You are the movement of the Ocean of Eternity within the limitation of time.
To the degree you FEEL separate from God or Source or the Tao, whatever you wish to call it is the degree to which prayer goes unanswered.
This is not a punishment. It isn’t a judgment.
It is an energetic experience based on your belief in your sense of separation from Source. We all have that sense of separation but this is the experience of being unplugged.
The practice of prayer as understood and taught by most religion is the practice of praying from the place of being unplugged.
Don’t expect to get much by way of results.