I really believe in the power of prayer, but there are times when it seems like it is not working or even worse, it seems to be producing the opposite of what I am praying about.
When performing miracles, Jesus often says, your faith has healed you. He did not say, your prayer has healed you — but your faith.
I am not against prayer, but I realize from his word that situations respond to faith. What I am trying to say is that it is possible to pray and not have faith; or pray for one thing and believe another thing.
Faith is seeing.
The lady with the issue of blood saw herself healed as she touched Jesus and this is what happened as she acted on her faith. The rest of the crowed touched Jesus, but no power was coming out of him and no miracle took place.
The centurion saw his servant healed as Jesus spoke and that is what happened. Faith is seeing and situations respond to faith.
I hear people praying for the salvation of their loved ones, but their prayer clearly shows that they see the person they are praying for as lost and hopeless. People praying for provision, but see and focus on lack and needs. People praying for health, but focus on sickness. Faith is seeing and situations respond to faith.
If you pray for health, but see, and therefore believe in sickness, the situation will respond to your faith and will produce more sickness.
It is crucial to remember the verse in Hebrews that encourage us to look, focus and keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Prayer is only powerful as we focus on the solution in Jesus. Prayer is not fighting against a problem. Prayer is releasing the solution. I believe this is what Jesus meant when he talked about bringing the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
So when prayer does not seem to work, check what are you focused on? Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will see the effectiveness of your prayer growing; it will be so much easier to be thankful. Most of all, the more you pray the bigger you will see God and the more you will fall in love with Him.