My belief in prayer was once bolstered by my strong attachment to what I had read in Aid to Bible Understanding. My having a part in its initial prep in the factory and, later, a detailed proofing of thousands of references to it made this Bible dictionary an influence in my former life.
Please note this extract on Jehovah's seeming delay in the answering of prayer. How would you, in your years as a JW, have been influenced by this explanation?
"The seeming delay on God's part in answering some prayers is not due to any inability nor to a lack of willingness. . . . In some cases the answer must await God's timetable. Primarily, however, it is evident that God allows his petitioners to demonstrate the depth of their concern, the intensity of their desire, the genuineness of their motive. . . . Similarly, while Jehovah God cannot be pressured by numbers into acting, he evidently takes note of the extent of concern shown by his servants as a body, taking action when they collectively show deep concern and united interest. Where apathy, or a measure thereof exists, God may withhold action."
Aid to Bible Understanding, PRAYER, THE ANSWERING OF PRAYERS, page 1331