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There is lot of confusion about supplication or du’a’; why to supplicate, why du’a’ is not accepted and so on. Reproduced below are the instructions of the Noble Messenger (s.a.w.a.s.) and his Pure Progeny (a.s.) about du’a’:

Noble Messenger (s.a.w.a.s.) said:
Supplication is the weapon of the believer, the pillar of the religion and the light of the heavens and the earth. Nothing wards off fate except supplication. Repel the doors of calamity with supplication. Allah revealed to Prophet David, “Remember Me in the good days so that I may answer you in the bad days.”Verily, a servant raises his hands in supplication, while his food is unlawful so how can his supplication will be answered. Seize the opportunity to supplicate during tenderness (of your heart). The supplication that is preceded by “Bismillah hir Rahmanir Rahim” will not be rejected. Ask Allah and ask in abundance, for verily there is nothing too great for Him. A supplication asked in secret equals seventy supplications asked in open.
The Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali (a.s.) said:
Know that the one in whose hands are the treasures of this world and the Hereafter has allowed to supplicate, He has guaranteed to answer you, He has commanded you to ask Him so He can give you, and He is All-Merciful. Supplication is the key to mercy and a lantern in the darkness. Supplication is the shield of the believer. Repel the surges of calamity with supplication. He who knocks on Allah’s door, it is opened for him. Verily the kindness of Allah, glory be to Him, does not contradict His Wisdom, therefore not all supplications are answered. Your request (Du’a’) must be for such as will aid you of the things whose beauty and goodness will remain for you and whose evil consequences will not touch you, and wealth will not remain for you.
The Infallible Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (a.s.) said:
I urge you to supplicate, for verily in supplication is a cure for every ailment. Supplication is more useful than a sharp iron spearhead. On inquiry, as to why supplications are not answered, he said, “Because you call upon One whom you do not know.” If anyone who wants his supplication to be answered then he should make a lawful earning and stop wronging people. When anyone of you feels softness and compassion, then he should supplicate, for no sooner does the heart soften then it becomes pure and sincere. A supplication remains veiled until the supplicant sends blessings on Muhammad and his Progeny. In supplication, praise Allah, then acknowledge your sins then ask your request. O Allah, verily I ask you for the sake of Muhammad and Ali, for verily they have a special station with you. If anyone has need has a need from Allah then he should send blessings to Muhammad and his Progeny then ask for his needs. Then he should again send blessings to Muhammad and his Progeny, for verily Allah is too kind than to just accept the two blessings and leave the middle, because the request for blessings on Muhammad and his Progeny is never veiled from Him.

Al-Kafi v2, Bihar-ul-Anwar v77, v93, Makaram al-Akhalaq v2, Ghurar al-Hikam 3478, 8292, Irshad al-Qulub 149, al-Da’wat 127, 131,