My friends call me the "realist" of the group. It's true. Even though I write imaginary stories, in my own life, I'm very logical, even though I have big dreams. I tend to write off my own dreams as unrealistic and impractical. If I can't logically figure out how something can work or happen, then my first inclination is to cross it off my list and move on. Even though I think practicality and being real can be awesome qualities, sometimes they can really get in my way. Especially when the Christian life is based on faith.
Often times I'll find that this personality trait of mine seeps into my prayer life. I will pray with belief that God can do something impossible for someone else, but not for me. So, I'll pray safe prayers. Prayers I know can happen. Prayers that are general. If it's a feat I can't do myself because it's impossible for me to control it, I will wrestle with whether to pray about it at all. Sometimes, I'll pray about it, but know that I'm just going through the motions, not praying with faith. When I've gone too long like this, I have to re-focus. I have to focus on who God is, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving. Not in a general way. God loves ME. God is all powerful in MY life. God is all wise and knowing in MY life.
We should pray bold prayers. Sincere prayers. Specific prayers. Repentant prayers. Prayers where we are submitted to his will, not leaning on our own understanding. Our prayers MATTER. How we pray also MATTERS. Pray with faith. Pray God's revealed will in his word. Pray with gratitude, pray for purity, pray for sanctification, when we do this, we delight ourselves in God, and guess what? He gives us the desires of our heart, no matter how hard they are.
Genesis 18:14 and Jeremiah 32:27 remind us, "Is anything too hard for the LORD?"
Isaiah 55:11 reminds us that "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Matthew 7:7- "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you."
There's soo many scriptures that I can't list them all here. But here's a link to continue to search for scriptures on prayer that I hope will challenge you to pray today and pray with assurance. https://www.openbible.info/topics/prayer