Faith’s Inseparable Companion
Prayer is absolutely dependent on faith. Prayer accomplishes nothing unless it is connected to faith. Faith makes prayer effective and must precede it.
Before we even start to pray, our faith should be working. We must have faith that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek His face.
This is the primary step in praying. While faith does not bring the blessing, it puts prayer in a position to ask for it. It leads to another step of understanding by helping the petitioner believe that God is able and willing to bless.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Excerpts from The Power of Prayer, written by E.M Bounds