Is God required to do something just because we ask for it? Does any relationship work that way? A person seeking God's forgiveness will and should, barring some impediment, do so in the manner God prescribed: in and by His Church which he appointed for that very purpose. "Whatsoever sins you forgive, they are forgiven." We do not relate to God without mediation. We are only united to God through Christ in his body, and his body on earth is the communion of saints in the Church. Apart from our incorporation into Christ's body, the Church, we have no relationship to God other than one of dependence, which is common to all creatures.