Not all prayers are answered by God. When one is facing some heavy burden God does not move away, what should our attitude be? The Bible often talks about waiting for God patient. How do we apply these Bible verses?
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First, we should recognize that our requests were not in accordance with His will:
That's not to say that our asking for it was sinful (though, that's a possibility: James 4:3), but we do not have all of the information that God has. Keep in mind that what seems painful at the time, may be in your ultimate best interest. Therefore, knowing this, consider it all joy that God is able to work out all things for the best.
One example of this principle at work is given by Paul, who describes to the Corinthians a "thorn in his flesh" that he wished to be taken away.
God told Paul no, and Paul saw in hindsight that God used this thorn to keep Paul from spiritual pride (v7).
So trust God that His plan is superior to our own. Through all hardships (and good times, for that matter), trust God, constantly seeking closeness with Him.
As in all things, our example should be the Savior. Witness his attitude in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he earnestly wants something even though he knows that it's not right:
If it can happen to Jesus, it can happen to us as well, and here we see the appropriate way to handle it.
The whole story of Habakuk tells us how the prophet kept crying out to God but without a reply whiles suffering continues with his people. But he gets an answer asking him to hold on and wait. Habakkuk 2:3 "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
The common religious response is that God, in his infinite wisdom, knows what is best and that if he does not answer a prayer it is because the request is not part of his plan. However, Christians and non-believers seem to get the same amount of luck, both good and bad, and the same outcomes in recovery from illness or misfortune, whether or not prayers are said.
If there is one situation in which we could most fervently hope that God would answer our prayers it is when undergoing medical treatment for life-threatening disease. Even here, what evidence we have is that God does not answer prayers (*). This being the case, Christians should accept that prayers probably do not get answered, with the possible exception of prayers for forgiveness of sins.
(*) This evidence is provided by a carefully designed double-blind trial of the effect of intercessory prayer on the outcome of surgery, conducted by the John Templeton Foundation in 2005, and reported in ‘Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in Cardiac Bypass Patients – A Multi-Center Randomized Trial of Uncertainty and Certainty of Receiving Intercessory Prayer’. This concluded that intercessory prayer had no beneficial effect on complication-free recovery from the surgery, although not challenging the belief that private or family prayer might be answered in some cases.