As we take time to consider our prayer lives and discover how to have an effective life of prayer we have to look at our faith. There is no way around it, your faith matters to God. Take a look at what James has to say about your faith:
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
If you are praying but you do not have any faith or you do not believe that God is going to answer your prayer it is truly a waste of your time. Verse 7 says if you don’t have any faith don’t expect to receive any answers form the Lord. But the opposite is also true. If we have faith when we pray we will see God do amazing things. In Matthew 9 we see two blind men who come to Jesus asking to be healed. Look at His response:
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;
How big is your faith? Think about that for a second. If Jesus said the same thing to you what answers would you receive? “According to your faith let it be done.” One of the things we can be asking for during this week of fasting is for the Lord to build and strengthen our faith.