I kinda' agree with you. Recognizing the answered prayer may be challenging when one does not know what was asked for. Gratitude is a funny thing. An example is when I was about 25 I worked diligently planning a business idea for the auto repair business. Great ambitious plans. Mission statement the whole 9 yards. I never did do it. However, one day I looked back at a lot of things.
Conclusion or question?
Today I work for the largest Tire & Auto Service business in San Diego County in the corporate office. So, was my prayer answered or not? I don't own the business, but I am living the dream :)