I, the Lord, do search the heart, try the reins, Even to give to each according to his way, According to the fruit of his doings. -Jeremiah 17:10
In recent times I generally have verbally stopped requesting things in prayer because out of thousands of requests I have only received a few clear answers and have felt let down. This is my honest feelings on this. The testing of this (1 Thessalonians 5:21) has indicated, at least, to me that requests in prayers are largely useless, for whatever the reason. For me it has became evident that the good Lord has given me certain abilities and a lovely mother so I am able to work through problems. God could be sculpting me indirectly through circumstances and each person God handles differently.
Do not misunderstand me. I still pray, and often, but it is prayers of thanks….and praise. Jesus Christ is Lord. I also know that God can read my inward being. Jeremiah 17:10 tells us that the Lord searches the heart (Leb), and the kidneys (kilyah) of everyone. These two indicate the complete person inwardly and their desires. Your inner being speaks to God. Just some brief thought for the day.