I've learned something else this week about prayer. There is a common thread in some scripture I've found.
Mark 9:23 says, "All things are possible to him that believeth." Matthew 21:22 says, "All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." And Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Did you catch the word that ties all of these prayer verses together? Believe!
Many times when we pray, we are wanting something so bad: a new job, better finances, the healing of a broken relationship. But desire and want are not faith. Desire may at some point lead you to faith, but wanting something bad enough is not faith.
To believe that God can answer, that He is able, that He does possess the power to do it, is not faith. It is to believe 100% that He will, that He is on the edge of doing it and that even now, the answer is on the way.
Remember, faith is not believing God can, faith is believing God will!