While wandering around the web last night I found an essay on why Prayer isn't answered.
I'd love to post the essay here, but as that would be a violation of copyright I'll just have to post the link here.
If you read it, let me know what you think.
To me, it's another way of saying "God helps those who help themselves" among other things.
I do know there was one thing in my life that I wanted so badly, I prayed for it, I prepared for it, I made drastic changes in my environment to let this thing happen.. and it did happen. So I can attest that what the author calls the "Power of Abundance" does work. But.. you may have to give up other things for it.
Has it been a good decision for me? Well, so far I'm happy with my decision. I do know I missed out on other things because of the choices I made, but I would've lived a totally different life.
Read the essay and see if it speaks to you the way it did to me.