Coming from me, this question may come as a shock. I had to ask. What did your gut tell you?
It wasn’t as much a question as it was a pop quiz.
Your own visceral response indicates your spiritual health. To paraphrase a one popular quote:
Whether you think it is or you think it isn’t – you’re right.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Now by referring to the above verse I might stand accused of purporting a “name it and claim it” ideology. Such is not the point. The verse says what it says. What I will ask is: what happens to those who pray who do not believe they will receive?
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Is praying useless? My own answer is if my heart is right with God, then never. If my heart is not right with God then never.
May Almighty God bless you and keep you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.