One of my children asked me to pray about something. We prayed together, but I didn't have an assurance that I had believed.
As I went through the day, I kept slipping into the study and kneeling for a few minutes to pray, and I also prayed quietly while working. I couldn't seem to pray with strong desire, but I wanted to. I continued to keep it before the Lord.
Finally, while in the car running an errand, I was enabled to believe, and then I realized how important the continual praying had been in igniting my desire. Faithfulness is often the prelude to faith.
Frequently we sense a desire, pray once, and then forget it. Desire is the key to faithful praying. If we don't pray with such a strong desire that His promise to answer would fail to bring a sense of sweet relief, I wonder if we can accept His gift of faith.
When the Holy Spirit implants a desire within us, we should cherish that desire and pray until we know God has heard.
Thank You, Jesus, for deepening my desire when I'm faithful to pray.
"To the faithful you show yourself faithful" (2 Samuel 22:26).
"A faithful man shall abound with blessings" (Proverbs 28:20).