There are a couple other aspects of prayer people do not expect to encounter; and for this next one, I will need to take a few posts to address it, namely the aspect of patience.
I remember as s young man reading the verse in James about patience having its perfect work. It struck me that we needed to be patient with God. What does that means in regards to God working through prayer? God is a Spirit and what comes from Him is definite, determined, and deep. Prayer, then, is spiritual and must be approached differently than human and natural interaction.
Prayer isn't just a submitted request. Often there are elements of the answer that take time to root, to grow, and to produce final fruit. Think of prayer as a healthy harvest: you get more than what you put in to it--if you wait.
To be continued