Prayer question 3 of 3: Are prayers only answered when the request already aligns with God's will?
No. Nothing fails as completely as prayer fails.
I have no reason to imagine that prayers are ever answered, much less the rest of it. It does seem having any of the wishes come true is more likely coincidental than anything else.
I've always understood prayer to be in accordance with God's will so if he already has his mind made up...
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There almost always answered, but the answer is not always what we expect. A person may not always get what they want, but God will respond to their prayer one way or another.
God sometimes says "no", just as any good parent would ...