I don't know about you, but I often feel that in order to receive blessings from God I have to feel a certain way or pray with just the right words or be in a certain place in my life. But the great prayer warrior, Andrew Murray, reminds us that our blessings from God depend on something much greater, and more stable, than our feelings or prayers or circumstances.
"The blessing of the private place does not depend on the strong and fervent feeling with which I pray but upon the love and power of the Father to whom I entrust my needs. Remember, your Father sees and hears in secret. Go there and remain; come out with the confidence that He will reward you. Trust him for it. Depend upon him. Prayer to the Father is not in vain. He will reward you openly” (Teach Me to Pray, Bethany House, 2002, page 26).
So let us pray in faith. Let us pray knowing that our Father is a truth-teller, and that therefore he will hear and answer us when we pray according to His will. Let us pray with the spirit of a child who assumes that her Father is on her side, and that He is disposed to bless her life. And as we learn to pray in faith, may the Lord greatly bless our lives for the glory of his name!