There is a difference between hope and faith. We pray and give our requests to God, and hope that He will answer, because we know that He can. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean. (Mat 8:2) The leper had hope of being healed because he knew that Jesus had shown the power to do it. He just didn’t know if Jesus would do it for him.
We pray like that a lot. We know that God has the power to do anything for us. We’re just not convinced that He will. What happens when we pray knowing that God will answer? Doors will open. We can pray like that because we know that God loves us immeasurably. He dotes on us. He’s just waiting for us to trust Him to be the amazing Father that He is.
The woman from Cannaan went to Jesus and begged for her daughter to be delivered. She was relentless, because it was so important to her and she knew that Jesus could do it. At some point, she knew that Jesus would do it. Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Mat 15:28)
He gave the woman her heart’s desire because she believed, she didn’t hope. Know that God wants to bless your desires. Stop hoping that He will and start believing that He will.