This is a branch from a message from paul:
: : : - an experiment won't come out with certain results because you ask God to make it do so.
: I have always had a problem with prayer.
: It seems to me that there is a 50% chance that your prayer will be "answered", and 50% that it isn't "God's will".
The catch-all "explanation" that believers usually give is "God answers ALL prayers, but sometimes the answer is NO".
Prayer as meditation I can understand. Prayer as petition I cannot.