You want to immediately feel a result from your prayers? Try obeying Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount; specifically, those recorded in Matthew 5: 43-45.
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (NIV)
And when Jesus tells us to pray for those who persecute us, I’m pretty sure he’s not talking about how David prayed about his enemies in the Psalms, asking God to inflict them with vengeance and grind their teeth with gravel. No, the directive is for us to LOVE and pray FOR those people in our lives who we find ourselves at cross purposes with.
And that immediate result I was talking about? Your prayer may not bring a change in your enemy, but I guarantee it will change you and your attitude toward them.
Truth is...oftentimes, prayer is more about changing us than about changing our circumstances.