I've been thinking of how God answers prayer today. Many people stop believing in God because they don't think he answers their prayers. They pray and pray, and their situation doesn't seem to improve.
What kinds of prayers does God answer? God answers prayers where we ask for forgiveness or a particular grace; quick prayers, prayed in heat of the moment, when we are struggling with anger, or envy or sloth. Reaching out to God really does work. He gives us the grace we need in that moment.
Today I was listening to a radio show where the speaker was talking about her house. I started to feel illogically jealous. For once, I immediately asked God to forgive me. Just then, the radio speaker started saying how she needed to dispose of a great number of her possessions quickly, in order to rent her home, and when she posted on Craig's List that she had lots of stuff to give away she had someone come over almost immediately from a homeless shelter and take even the broken furniture to use.
I was immediately blessed by hearing that story and felt like this was a sign that God had heard my prayer and was indeed, listening.