Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Think about the many hours of prayer that people have prayed in which they have seen no results. Sadly there are many who pray petition prayers, praying to receive something from God, and yet never seeing what they pray for come into existence. What many fail to realize is it takes more than prayer to receive from God, it takes believing prayer. If you pray but do not actually believe in your heart you have received at that moment what you have asked from God, it will not work.
To believe you receive when you pray you must first establish that it is God’s will for you. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us that if we ask anything according to His will, we know He has heard us, and we know we have what we have asked of Him. You start by going to God’s Word and finding out what God has said you have a right to as a child of God. To pray in faith you must base your prayer request on His Word. Many do not doubt that God can do what God has promised, but doubt if He will do it for them. God is no respecter of persons. As the Word of God reveals in 2 Corinthians 1:20, it is His will that all receive what He has promised.
Once you find God’s promise in His Word and then settle it in your heart once and for all that it is His will for you, you must meditate on that promise, speaking it over and over to yourself until you become so full of that Word in your heart that you are convinced it is true. When you do this you can now petition God, believing you have received in your heart, and you shall then have what you have asked from Him. It takes more than just prayer to get the job done, it takes believing prayer.