Many years ago, God showed my wife a metaphor from Amos 3:5 (ESV) which reads, “Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth, when there is no trap for it?” What God showed my wife from Amos 3:5 was that we could not expect God to answer a prayer unless we’ve prayed that prayer (i.e., set the trap).
Too often, we toss out a prayer when we have failed to connect our faith to it. That’s like throwing a fishing lure into a lake with no fishing line attached to it. Have we forgotten our Savior’s words to the woman that was continually bleeding? Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:34)
There are four components to a Christian’s prayer. (1) We ask of our heavenly Father only what is in His will. (2) We ask Father God in the name of Jesus. “In Jesus’ name” means that we assert that our prayer is in full agreement with Jesus. (3) We depend upon the Holy Spirit to lead us to pray what fulfills #1 and #2. (4) We pray using the faith that the Holy Spirit of God gives us, for, without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)