What is prayer? 
 As a child I was told prayer is the key. I never really understood till I came of age. Prayer is the key to God’s blessings and favour. As believers, prayer is the medium of communication between us and God. We use it to connect with God and his promises for us. Prayer is the only way we can get out of trials, temptations, and afflictions.The bible commands us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray continually” We must not fail to seek the Lord continually and in all circumstances. 

Prayer and Faith
     As believers, we have faith in the finished work of our lord Jesus Christ. Faith is like the hand where prayer is the key. And without the hand, the key is as good as useless. 1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” If we have faith that our prayers will be answered, they will. In the bible there were so many occassions when Jesus prayed for the sick and said, “let it be done according to your faith.” Everything in our Christian life revolves arround faith, and so does prayer. 

Why do we have unanswered prayers? 
    Sin: Isaiah 59:2“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” According to 2 Chronicles7:14, if we pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways, that’s when he’ll hear us. Isaiah 1:15 “When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening.” Futher reading of this chapter says, Wash and make yourselves clean and though our sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow. Sin is the main reason we have unanswered prayers. Everytime we want to say a prayer, we should not fail to pray for forgiveness. Scripture says, If a man says he hath no sin in him, he decieves himself. Most times we are unaware of these sins (sin of omission). 
    Doubt or unbelief: This has to do with faith like I mentioned earlier. Lack of faith while saying prayers can be another reason why our prayers aren’t answered.When we pray, we should not let our mindset limit God’s power. We should believe that we’ll get answers and we will if it’s according to God’s will. 

How do we Pray?

Pray in secret Matthew 6:56. 

Avoid repititions while praying Matthew 6:7. 

Conclusion: Daily prayer creates an avenue of steady fellowship with God in all seasons. Scripture says pray without ceasing. We mustn’t neccessarily be on our knees with our eyes closed everytime we pray. We can sit alone at a comfortable position, simply talking with God (the holy spirit). In order to have a relationship with him, we should tell him every and any thing, spend time worshiping him. And we can do all these things through songs and scriptures. The word is our weapon, so we should qoute scriptures relating to our situation and make them a part of us. Make praying a habit. 

Live free, Live victorious, Stay cool with Christ. 

God bless you.