When we trust the Lord, we have no problem going to Him in prayer, making our requests known and then expect our prayers to be answered. This is what we should do when making supplications to the Lord, but for most of us, this is not what happens.
Are you truly expecting the Lord to answer your prayers? When we expect Him to answer, we pray, then wait for a response. Have you ever asked the Lord to give you direction but then walked away from prayer not expecting an answer? When we pray with a lack of faith, we should not be surprised when our prayers go unanswered.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord” James 1:6,7
The verses above actually refer to a request for wisdom, but the same principle can be applied when we make any supplication to the Lord.
If we want the Lord to answer our prayers, we should expect Him to answer them.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24