Many millions of prayers are offered up to God each day. Some of the prayers reach him, but the vast majority do not, at least not directly. The God I serve wants the world to know to whom they are praying so that there is no deception and no misunderstanding.
When a prayer is offered up to God, one of three things can happen. Either it is intercepted by Satan, it is answered directly by God, or it is answered indirectly by God. In the same way that a direct telephone number can link you to a person on the other side of the globe, one must have a methodology for connecting to God. His direct line is through the Holy Spirit of God.
The vast majority of prayers to God, including prayers that seek good and positive things, are intercepted by Satan because the person praying has failed to first establish a genuine connection to God. When a prayer is intercepted by Satan, anything is possible, including him answering the prayer, if it accords with his purposes to do so. His ultimate purpose always is to kill, steal and destroy. If you are praying that evil circumstances should be visited upon someone else, you also should know that those prayers never reach God. They always are intercepted by Satan.
Direct prayers to God are those offered through the Holy Spirit of God. Prayers to God are supposed to be a methodology for confidently appropriating the powers within you to accomplish any desire of your heart that is in accordance with God's will. Our human spirit is relatively powerless against the forces of darkness. There is no genuine overcoming, Godly power inside of you if you do not have God's indwelling Holy Spirit. With the indwelling Holy Spirit, he becomes your source of power to teach, guide and protect you as you learn to take authority over the forces of darkness and evil that inhabit our world.
The Holy Spirit provides a direct and instant connection to God that can never be intercepted or corrupted. He is the Holy Spirit of God and none other can answer to that name. Focus on the right side of your heart, listen confidently to his response in your heart, and you instantly will be connected to the power of God. The mind can have a corrupting influence on communications with the Holy Spirit because of a lack of faith. Thus, it is preferable that you communicate only in the language of the Spirit instead of your native language.
The language of the Spirit consists of sounds uttered from the heart while the mind is focused on a specific intent, such as healing or spiritual cleansing or resources for living. As an alternative, you can direct your spirit to communicate with the Holy Spirit in a foreign language that you do not understand such as Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Tagalog or Croatian. The intent held in the mind will direct the intent you wish to accomplish through the prayer. Most importantly, when you pray through the Holy Spirit of God, your heart must be filled with love, and the results sought to be accomplished must be a manifestation of the power of love.
God also answers prayers indirectly if the person offering the prayer does not have the indwelling Holy Spirit. He becomes aware that a prayer is being offered, senses the commitment to him in the person's spirit, eavesdrops on the prayer, then directs his Holy Spirit to answer the prayer as appropriate. If someone does not have the indwelling Holy Spirit, this is generally the methodology by which their prayers are answered and many people have had their prayers answered in this manner. However, it is not God's ideal because the person never comes to a knowledge of the truth that they can have God's power and authority operating on the inside of them at every moment of every day. God wants to establish his throne in your heart so that you will know that the kingdom of heaven is within you.