Prayer without faith has little value, but believing prayer changes things ( and people ). Sometimes the biggest change is in the life and attitude of the person who prays.The primary purpose of prayer is relational rather than functional. Our main goal is not to get things from God, but to get to know God. Even the Apostle Paul said that his desire was “to know Christ” (Philippians 3:10). The better we know God, the stronger our prayer life will be because our confidence in prayer is not grounded in our goodness but in the character of God. We pray because we believe that our Heavenly Father is trustworthy and caring and that He is faithful to His Word. What He has promised, He will also perform (Romans 4:21). Of course, our confidence is enhanced by enjoying a right relationship with God. The Bible declares that “The prayer of a RIGHTEOUS person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16) so if you have unresolved spiritual issues – deal with them.Our confidence is also bolstered by an understanding of God’s will. For example, praying in agreement with the Bible is powerful. I John 5:14 reads “This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him”. Praying with confidence is praying with genuine faith – and faith can move a mountain!