if it were only that simple. as if every prayer request were expected to be granted just by waving a magic wand of some sort.
ah, but, jesus paid it all! the resurrection power is all you need. i just happen to have a bottle of it for sale!
we know that prayer does do a lot. though, i should be asking my own forgiveness for the tendency to point and laugh at people who suggest such naive solutions as the way to the cure.
prayer in my experience is mostly answered in process. to be directed toward that process is the first stage of realizing that the prayer is being answered.
depressed? enter into a therapeutic relationship: god intervening, prayer being answered.
to be given the insight to the solutions, ie, medical/brain chemistry issues, examination of faulty belief systems: god intervening, prayer being answered.
finding resolution to questions through the assistance of supportive friends and loved ones: god intervening, prayer being answered.
restoration of equilibrium to the imbalance of personal peace: god intervening, prayer being answered.
i really don't point and laugh at people who expect abracadaba type results to prayer. rather i see those as only one possible manner of meeting the hunger and supplying the need.
for me prayer is the process confirming that god is really who he purports to be, 'emmanuel god with us'. this is proven more often in god's participation in our lives in a relationship 'with', rather than relationship 'to' god as we understand god.
asking god to move a mountain of depression by miracle deprives a person of the opportunity to accept the healing effect as part of a process and in relationship with god.
i fired my vending machine god a long time ago. and brother is god glad i did.
just some thoughts,