I've heard people say, "I pray and things don't seem to get any better". Yes, God answers the prayers of those who trust and believe, but He isn't some sort of cosmic vending machine that dispenses whatever you want when you push the 'prayer' button. For many, prayer is like that little red box on the wall that says, "In case of Emergency Break Glass". Prayer is not just for emergencies. One thing that the Bible is telling us to do when it says, "be faithful in prayer" is to have a consistent, ongoing two-way conversation with God. Some parents only hear from their grown children when they need money. Many of us treat God the same way. Our Heavenly Father wants us to come to Him in times of need, but He also wants a day-by-day intimate relationship with us. He wants to share good times and bad, our questions and revelations, our highest hopes and broken dreams. He is our Father and best friend.,
When Jesus taught about faithfulness in prayer, he said, "“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened". [Mat 7:7-8] This literally means that we should ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking. The answer to our prayers often does not come as quickly as we would like, but we are encouraged to be both consistent and persistent in prayer. The answer will come in God's perfect timing. Most often, the answer will come in ways that we never expected or imagined. That is one of the many, many things I love about the Lord. When the answer comes, our immediate response should be to give Him thanks and praise.