“How can I know God is listening to my prayers?”
Prayer is a great blessing, and we’re promised that Heavenly Father is always listening, but often it takes some work to recognize His answers.
Think about this: either God hears you or He doesn’t. If He doesn’t, then of course there’s no point in praying. But if He does (and He does!), we have to figure out how to really commune with Him in prayer, recognize answers, and faithfully move forward.
When we feel He’s not listening, maybe we need to experience some personal growth. You might ask yourself a few questions: Am I clean? Are my motives worthy? Am I willing to do what He asks? If the answer to each of these is yes, you can trust that “the Lord thy God shall … give thee answer to thy prayers”. Remember, sometimes answers come in subtle or unexpected ways.
If you answered no to some of those questions, it’s never too late! Make the necessary changes in your life so you can have the Spirit. Be willing to act on promptings you receive.
And don’t forget that everyone receives answers differently. Pray that the Holy Ghost will teach you how you can recognize answers. It might not be easy to recognize them at first, but it’s like any other skill: practice makes perfect. Have faith and trust that Heavenly Father is always listening.