Prayer is not only our one-on-one conversation with God, it is an opportunity to listen for guidance and/or correction and to change the course that we are taking. God always answers our prayers; He just doesn't always answer in the way we want. That is because we want what we want and just expect Him to grant us our wishes like He is a genie in the bottle! However, when we use prayer as a means to be open to God's will for us, we can and will change for the better!
"Prayer, if it is real is,
Knowing Your grace holds me now,
And I am changing."