When you pray to God, you are talking to someone you can’t see. So prayer is the purest form of faith, which is described as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Yet the faith of prayer is not based on vivid imagination or wishful thinking. It is based on the promises of God found in the Bible.
When the apostle Paul was arrested and taken by ship to Rome, he was chained to a Roman soldier the entire way. When a severe storm hit their small boat in the Mediterranean Sea, all hope seemed to be lost. But Paul stood before the wet and discouraged passengers and crew and reported that an angel of God had appeared to him declaring that he, Paul, would go on to stand before Caesar. With confidence Paul exhorted, “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me” (Acts 27:25).
We don’t have angels standing beside us today to reassure us when things get rough, but we do have the assurances in the Bible, which are 100 percent faithful and true. Therefore, you can pray with confidence and in complete faith that God will keep the promises He has made to you.