Or, you prayed over and over, fervently beseeching God for something- a job, healing, a healed relationship. It didn't happen. In hopeless angst, you cried out, "Why?"
Did you become disillusioned? Walk away from God? Maybe you were even angry with Him for letting you down. Maybe you are still resentful today.
Here's the thing. I believe that He did answer that prayer. But it may not have manifested in the way that you prayed.
God knows what you need before you pray for it. In fact, He knows what you need before you know what you need. He is eternal. He is not constrained by time. He knew you, or at least what you would be like, trillions of years before you were even born.
You are looking at your situation from an extremely limited perspective, perhaps a year or so. He looks at it from an eternal perspective. So, like the child who begs Mom for candy, you may not always know what is best for you. Mom may withhold the candy, but years later, when you avoid decayed teeth, obesity, diabetes and whatever else, you will thank her. She knew, many years in advance, what was best for you.
In my own experience, God has batted 1000 in terms of all of my prayers. The best part, is that I realize now that He will answer them, albeit in His own time and in His own way. So, part of the fun is waiting to see how the answer will be manifested.
I can guarantee you one thing. If you remain in a posture of faith, not only will He answer your prayer, He will absolutely delight you. There will come a point when you make the connection between the prayer you prayed and His answer. It will unravel in a way in which He almost reaches across the cosmos and winks at you.
And when you look back upon your life, you will see prayer after prayer, completely fulfilled. You will stop crying out, "Why?" Because you will know that it is only a matter of "When?' And even better is the "How?" You will begin to realize that you are way, way too limited in your thinking. You've asked Him for something and He responds in such a big way, bigger than anything you would ever dreamed for yourself.
It's how God answers prayers.