Have you ever wondered why God delivered Peter but did not deliver James? Both men were Godly servants. The early church surely could have used their wisdom and guidance.
Were there not enough prayers for James? Did God love Peter more than James? I think we know the answer for both of those. “NO”.
The only answer is “the sovereign will of God”.
We do not know the mind and will of God here. We don’t have an answer to that question. Why does God heal one and not another? Why do some face harder trials than others? WE DON’T KNOW.
What we do know is that God calls us to pray and believe. That is all we can do.
Would Peter have been delivered if they didn’t pray? Why would God have put such an emphasis on it in His word if it didn’t matter?
The point is, we do not know how God will answer our prayers. But he calls us to pray and leave the results to Him.
And who knows, maybe the one we are praying for today, is the one that will be answered.