In Matthew 17:20, Jesus says
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Have you ever seen someone move a mountain — or even an anthill — with only prayer?
Me neither. The all-important disclaimer, the fine print, must have gotten lost over time.
GodWorksOut on YouTube thinks that the Bible may be improved by restoring the following clause:
The thing that you are praying for must be possible within the laws of nature and physics to be deemed possible to occur on its own. Offer not valid for anything supernatural or physically impossible to occur, such as spontaneous growth of amputated limbs or ending world hunger. Offer not valid for any philosophical requests, including any requests for the elimination of evil. Offer depends on the number of prayers received, the seriousness of belief used, and whether or not the request falls under God’s plan. Odds of success are equal to, but sometimes lesser than, requests made without prayer or belief.
If the believer has not received what they requested via prayer, then the fault lies with the requester, not with God. Please remember that God’s ways are higher than ours and God is renowned for working in mysterious ways and this may or may not affect the outcome of your request. No one knows the will of God, therefore you should not question the efficacy of prayer if it seems to be ineffective.
It makes much more sense now.