The Bible counsels that when we ask, we shall receive (Matthew 7:7-8). Why is it then that we don’t always feel that our request has been heard by God? What is it that can guarantee that God will hear us? The first is in what we ask, i.e., when we ask for something, it must be something that is according to His will (not ours), and this guarantees that God hears us (1 John 5:14). The second is in how we ask. When we ask we must ask without wavering/doubting (Matthew 21:22), presenting our supplications with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). The third is in who we are, because our lifestyle counts. We must be lovers of God, i.e., we must love God for when we love God, we keep His commandments, and those who keep His commandments can ask for any thing and be guaranteed that God will not only hear, but will also respond. (1 John 3:22)
A is for Asking, but the question that remains to be answered is
Are we asking God for the right thing (one that is in His will),
in the right way (without doubting; believing, and with thanksgiving),
with a right(eous) life that does that which is pleasing in His sight.
1 John 5:14 (KJV)
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
James 1:6 (KJV)
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
1 John 3:22 (KJV)
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.