The fact that we pray does not guarantee that our prayers will be answered immediately.
There are a number of factors that can prevent our prayers from being answered quickly. These include sin, a lack of faith, praying outside God’s will, praying with the wrong motive, and not being persistent in prayer.
1. Make a consistent effort to pray.
Many times, we don’t receive answers because we simply pray once about a particular issue and then forget about it. When we are persistent in prayer, we can be assured that our petitions will be answered.
2. Make thanksgiving a part of your prayer life.
The act of offering thanks is a vital part of prayer that we should all practice in order to get quick answers to our prayers. When we offer thanksgiving prayer and appreciate God for what he has done, we are indirectly asking him to do more. This is an indication that God responds to our prayers when we thank him.
3. Pray with other people.
Praying alongside other believers is another way to get quick answers. In Matthew 18:18-20, Jesus teaches that wherever two or three people come together in His name, He will always be there with them to support them.
4. Pray for those who are in need.
Our prayers for others and for their needs are accepted by the Almighty as pleasing to Him. This demonstrates selflessness, and God is able to meet your own needs as well as those of others. Keep the needs of others first, and you will see God intervene on your behalf more often than you might expect.
5. Offer heartfelt apologies.
According to James 4:16, Elijah was a man just like any other, according to the Bible. However, he prayed fervently, and God graciously responded to his plea. A prayer like this comes from the heart and is profound. God responds to a passionate request by taking immediate action.