God says in the Quran, ‘Pray unto me; I will answer your prayer’(40:61). How, then, can we explain our spiritual struggles, feelings of pessimism and the idea that none of our prayers are being answered. Does He not care for our supplications? Of course he cares for us. In fact, He deals with us like a good friend. He is always there when we need to talk to him or when we need a shoulder to cry on. He does not always grant us everything we ask for because He knows us better than we know our selves. He knows what is good for us and what is harmful.
As easy it is to understand the above mentioned philosophy of prayer, it gets really complicated. Why does He not answer our prayers when all we ask for is His love and nearness? In reply He says, ‘And We will try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere’ (2:156). He tests us to see how much we love him. These trials are NOTHING compared to the blessings He showers on us. Is it too much that he is asking for? No, absolutely not. In fact these trials are a blessing in disguise because a true believer gets closer to God and inherits His benevolence.