This is the hardest entry to write, and I've saved it until last to comment on. I grew up on prayer that wasn't being answered. I had commented elsewhere in this blog that God doesn't answer prayer. If He did exist as Christians say he did he'd say, "Hi", now and then. Thus, I became a deist: God set the Earth in motion and He sits back. It [the Earth] is up to man at this point.
I reached a stage to make bargains with God. If you have never gotten an answer to prayer maybe you need to bargain with him. I recall I made a bargain when we lost one of our dogs. My wife was pretty distressed. Our beagle-cocker spaniel dog had jumped the fence. I bargained that if our dog came back I'd read the old testament by a certain date. The dog came back in just over 24 hours being missing. Whether God was really behind it or whether the dog came back on her own is still a question. I had the obligation to read the old testament. I started reading, but missed fulfilling my end of the bargain by the deadline. I did finish the old testament of the Bible eventually. The dog would run away again and was gone longer: over 48 hours! I bargained going to church again. The dog returned and I did hold up my part of the bargain - I would attend a church service.
Think what you will, but bargains might work when you don't see results from regular prayer.