“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (MAT 7:7-11 ESV)
Why do we get it into our subconscious that prayer is futile? What we read here is a much needed corrective. God does hear our prayers and is eager to answer. As eager as a loving father is to give good gifts to his children, the Lord is more so. That is the image of God with which we need to become familiar. God is good and has ordained that we live in relationship with him as children to a gracious, loving, generous father.