God seems to answer our prayers in various ways: 1) He says yes and gives us what we prayed for; 2) He says no but gives us something even better, such as strength to face our problem; and 3) He says wait and gives us the best.
More important is the assurance that in whatever way, God always answers our prayers, though he may answer in his own way in his own good time.
Our readings today tell us how God responds to our prayers and requests. In the first reading from Genesis we see Abraham courageously, though with great courtesy, haggling with God to save Sodom and Gomorrah from destruction: Will you destroy Sodom if only there were so many good people in it? Will you destroy the good with the bad?
In the Gospel reading our Lord teaches his disciples to pray the “Our Father” and assures his disciples that his heavenly Father listens to all prayers and petitions: “Even you evil people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more then will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”