In the Bible, the Book of John gives us several clues as to getting our prayers answered.
John 14: 13-14 says - " whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it " . The clue in this verse is that whatever your prayer is, it has to bring glory to God
John 15: 7-8 says - if you remain in me , and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit " . The clue in this verse is that your prayer request must bring glory to God and bear much eternal fruit
John 15: 16-17 says - you didn't choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, He may give it to you " Again in this verse we are told very clearly that God will answer our prayer requests if they are connected to bearing eternal fruit
These scripture verses tell us that God wants to answer our prayers, and one sure way to see that happen is if our prayer requests bring glory to God and bear eternal fruit. Serving God thru using our spiritual gifts and talents lines up perfectly with these scripture verses. What is it that God has called you to do for Him in 2018 ? What mission / assignment has He given you in your earthly life that will bring eternal glory to His heavenly Kingdom ? Fulfilling what God has called you to do will ensure answered prayer requests
The old saying - where God guides, He provides is still true today. Where-ever and whatever He is calling you to do for Him, He will answer your prayers so you will be successful in the assignment He has called you to do !
have a blessed day, Gary