Matthew 7:7 says, ‘Ask and you shall receive’. This is not when you ask out of feeling. What do I mean by asking out of feeling? We ask out of feeling when we allow the happenings around us to dictate the direction of our prayer. Today, when there is war around, our prayer would be directed in that area. When there is poverty around, our prayer would be directed against it. When things are good, our prayer would be that of thanksgiving whereas when things are tough, our prayer would be petitional rather than thanksgiving.
Remember what happened at the graveside of Lazarus. Ordinarily, the situation did not call for thanksgiving but Jesus, being a man of faith was not influenced by the happenings around. What was seen did not influence the direction of his prayer. Consider the case of Paul and Silas in the prison. Their condition did not call for thanksgiving and praises but as men of faith, the happenings around them did not overwhelm them to murmur and despair.
When Jesus came to the home of Lazarus, where people were in a mourning mood, where people were crying, Jesus did not allow the general mood to overwhelm Him. In other words, Jesus did not allow the happenings around to dictate the direction of His prayer.
You must ask in faith. Even when the circumstance seems unfavourable, where there is faith, there would be a strong desire to pray more, even in the face of difficulties. Consider the case of Paul and Silas. The more they were flogged, the stronger their desire was to praise God.
Divine faith, when it is expressed in prayer, is a force that has God behind it for its accomplishment.