The (Number One) Key to Praying with Faith

One day I was praying and asked God, ‘teach me about faith.’ Instantly a picture came to my mind’s eye.

I saw a little boy standing in front of a shop window—it was a bakery, or candy store, and the window was filled with row upon row of good things to eat.

As I looked at this child, I knew that he had one small coin in his back pocket. I could feel the strength of his desire for the delicious food in the shop window, and the limitation that one small coin represented.

Immediately the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, ‘Same boy, same amount of money in his pocket, but his father owns the store.’ Suddenly my perspective changed. It was no longer about how much money the boy had, or how much pocket money he earned.

He could go behind the counter, get up on his Daddy’s knees, and ask for whatever he wanted. He had access to everything in that store through relationship.

Jesus taught us to pray by beginning with the words, ‘Our Father’ (Matt 6:9).

  • Your relationship with God as your Father is the starting point for prayer that releases Heaven on earth and enables God’s will to be accomplished.

Knowing your Father’s Attitude is a Key to Faith

‘Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’ (Matt 7:9-11)

The key to praying with faith is not only knowing that God is your Father. It is also having the understanding of your Father’s attitude towards you.

  • God’s attitude is His stance, manner and expression
  • It is how He feels about, responds and acts towards you

When you catch a hold of your Father’s attitude towards you—when you realize that He is smiling at you and looking at you with love and approval—then you can have security and boldness as you approach His throne.

It’s not about your worthiness. It’s not about being good enough or what you have earned. It’s not about what you have done.

It’s all about what Jesus has done.

This is the life Jesus paid the price for: Heaven is open and you can enter boldly!

As the writer to the Hebrews puts it, you ‘have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus’ (Heb 10:19).

The Holy Spirit is Bringing Healing to You

Paul wrote, ‘For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Rom 8:14-15)

There are times when we recognize that our experience of God is less than what it could be. Our hearts need to come into alignment with God’s Word.

Today, if you need a greater revelation of God’s Fatherhood, receive the ministry and touch of the Holy Spirit. He is bringing healing to your heart.

You don’t have to be like the little boy standing outside the shop window. When your Father is in the picture, everything changes. It changes the way you pray, it changes the way you think, speaks and act. Your Father owns the store and you are His beloved child.

This is the key to praying with faith.

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Live from the Overflow of Father God’s Approval
How to Pray with Greater Faith (One Master Key)

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82 thoughts on “The (Number One) Key to Praying with Faith

  1. Jerry

    We are serving a living God,I’m not feeling happy at work all because of unsatisfied salary and I have talk to my manager’s but still no change now I have the keys.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Jerry, I agree with you in prayer for the breakthrough in your workplace and salary and for God’s favour at work, may there be some visible progress in this area, in Jesus’ Name.

    2. Arlene

      Hi Helen, thank you, thank you, thank you for your encouragement and teachings across social media. May God continue to use you for His glory. This morning as I was travelling in my vehicle I started praying for a friend’s business that God could multiply not just her sales but at the company where my husband is employed. I took God on His Word by quoting scripture to Him and I also quoted Isaiah 55:11 “My word will not return void………….” I popped in at my husbands office after 2pm while standing there waiting on him for nearly 40mins to arrive from his call out his staff had 7 sales yes 7 sales in 40 mins and 8 sales between 8am until 1pm as per the admin lady. My response to her was God will not see the righteous forsaken nor His seed begging for bread as prayer move mountains. May you be blessed. Shalom

    3. louwrika Owoses

      Your blessing us with something that we never thought how to understand and do it thank for having time to teach us ,may God continually give u his mighty spirit to help weak people like us by strengthening our faith

  2. patricia

    Sometimes I feel just like that little child with my nose pushed up against the candy store window. I’ve often felt like the abandoned child even though my parents provided for me. My mom is 94 and in a nursing home…she has dementia. She and I did not always get along; however, now we do. It’s because of my loving attitude toward her. I do not hold the past against her. Her name is Elinore. Please pray for her.
    It was such a warm feeling when I read about the child on the father’s knee. I could picture myself sitting on Jesus’ knee feeling warm and loved.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Beautiful, Patricia. Praying your Mom feels the loving arms of Father God around her at this time…and you too.

  3. eraivy

    Dear Helen,

    last 20 years i have been asking for a job.. till today i received nothing.. now i am too old to work..
    i have seen and heard many promises.. but nothing happened. but early this morning i had a dream, we were getting ready to walk around my old work place like the jerico wall.. the weather was so cold and the rain drops were shaped like big pearls..and we were dressed in jewish costumes.. am getting a job? is my jerico wall coming down?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Wow what an awesome dream, Eraivy! It’s certainly faith-building!

  4. Tracey

    Good morning Helen thank you for sharing the nuggets of faith. It was confirmation for me that we as believers have to change our perspective. As far as when we pray we have to know in our hearts that it is already done.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Tracey, good evening from Australia! I’m just about to check out for the night, but saw your great comment. I say amen to that!

  5. khokela

    good day

    thank you for sharing with me, i believe God with a miracle on my finances i dont have money to pay rent and i have been telling stories to people i stay with.

  6. Abraham

    I did pray like that and I ask him to help me but no response i following every thing in the book but still no response I gave food for poor people no response is there something i done wrong?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Believing with you Khokela and Abraham…
      May ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.’ (Ps 23:1) be your testimony

  7. lebohang

    good day,
    I am working but all i get is an intern salary. All that am trusting in God is a financial breakthrough, not being financially independent is frustrating. i pray that God may enlarge my territory from this month. Amen.

  8. Bright Ackom

    My pray is our father Lord Jesus Christ should give me wisdom,knowledge and understanding to do the work He have asked me to do in this world.

  9. Jara

    Thank you, Helen, for yet another confirmation! God has been teaching me this lesson for awhile.

    My mom owned a bookstore for 10 years. (The way we got the loan was a miracle/gift from God: our demographic owns less than .07% of the businesses in the area, but the sister of the woman I tutored in Accounting approved our bank loan.) We both love books, so it was great to have access to whatever book I wanted for free.

    When I became a manager of my mom’s bookstore (after years of rejecting the position), the store policy for employees was that they could borrow any book for as long as they want if they just ask for it. One employee still stole from us. I noticed because we have the same taste in books (the philosophy/religion/non-fiction section!). By the end of her internship, she returned the stolen book…and received a gift certificate.

    On her last day, she hosted an open mic party (which we conceptualized during her interview). She wrote and read a poem about hearing God’s voice. Her father is a priest who ran the Catholic school that she just graduated from. He stopped by the party to thank me and shake my hand.

    When I was a child, I used to steal from that same store because my mom’s favorite word was “no”. I quickly learned to stop asking for what I want because I won’t get it (she had a lack/poverty mindset), that if I wanted something, I should just take it. I didn’t know that one day the entire store would be my inheritance.

    Faith and grace are challenging lessons to learn and teach.

    1 Corinthians 13:11 NLT
    When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

    Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT
    God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

    Ephesians 4:28 NLT
    If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

    Psalms 37:4-5 NLT
    Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you.

    Philippians 4:19 NLT
    And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

    James 1:5 NLT, 9-10 NCV, 17-18 NLT

    If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

    Believers who are poor should take pride that God has made them spiritually rich. Those who are rich should take pride that God has shown them that they are spiritually poor. The rich will die like a wild flower in the grass.

    Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us His true word. And we, out of all creation, became His prized possession.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Wow Jara, that’s awesome, what a powerful testimony of coming into your inheritance

  10. adedayo alo

    Dear ma,

    Thank you for the message.

    I would like you to relate with me more on, FAITH WITH RESPECT TO ANSWERING THE CALL OF GOD, please. This is my area of utmost and urgent need now.

    Thank you.

  11. Faith Mukwesha

    Please believe with me in prayer for my husband to go back to work and also for his back to be healed.
    Thank you.

  12. oxley

    I’m growing stronger every day by everything that’s shared here.
    All the time you seem to just know what I need to here.
    God bless you sir.

  13. Louwrika Owoses

    I’m so inspired about the way you teach me ,I’ve already learn many thing I’ve never know or understand about spirituality,and I’m more willing to learn more everyday,thanx for having time for me

  14. Tebogo

    Great messages from you Helen.i’m so uch encouraged to read more.please pray for to marry,I am failing so bad.

  15. Prince

    Thank you very much for the regular emails to me, it really help me a lot. I know that I have a calling but finding it hard for it come to realisation. The other thing is, I do dream a lot and has been keeping a dream journal for few years. However, I struggle to understand most of my dreams and I wondering if there is any advise, help or support you could offer me at this stage of my calling.

    1. Jara

      Hi Prince,

      Dreams from God are such a wonderful gift! Here’s a helpful Bible-based guide to dream interpretation for Christians:

      Genesis 40:5-8 NLT

      While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset.

      “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them.

      And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.”

      “Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

  16. joan. [email protected]

    hi helen thanking of the teaching ob faith it has just up lifted my spirit. I have been praying for my family my daughter relocated to canada almost seven months ago abd has not found a permanent job. and my son finished school waiting to go to college but his been delayed because our funds have not been released by our government. this has been frustrating me but now I know my God s able

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Joan, I’m believing with you for breakthrough in the area of your family’s provision

  17. Janice FIelke

    Thank you Helen.
    Since GOD revealed His great love to me through Jesus, my life has never been the same. It is thrilling to know we are completely forgiven, cleansed and set free.
    That HE heals all out hurts and binds up the broken hearts (I was brokenhearted)
    He is the strength of my life, and I Worship and adore Him.
    He has put words of love and encouragement in my heart, where once there was cursing and negatives. How can we help but adore and love HIm, when we are born again into HIs family. I know I am totally loved and accepted by HIm,

  18. Gloria

    It’s always a pleasure hearing from you, you give me so much strength and encouragement. I was on the train one morning coming to work and I was just so overwhelmed and frustrated with how slow things are moving in my life and I know the goodness of God I just have been awaiting his blessings for so long and kind of felt like giving up, but then I opened my email and read the comforting words you had sent, it drew tears to my eyes and just brought such a peace over me. ? Thank you so much.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I’m glad to hear that Gloria, may the peace and grace to continue to pour in and through you.

  19. Roselyn k

    Wow thank you Helen for the revelation,I have been enlightened.
    My partner Norman has been looking for a job for over 6 months now but no response,he has been called for interviews for a couple of times,and he always gets them right but never picked for the job. He is a man who loves God and a prayer warrior untill yesterday when I asked him if he is going for our midweek church service,he was like I want to dear but my life isn’t counting anything,and its too much on him.
    But I still encouraged him not to give up on God,and he went.
    Am trusting God for a job to my partner.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Roselyn, I say amen with you for work for Norman. Nothing is too hard for our God, may He reveal the job He’s already set aside for him

  20. Godfrey

    I’m really blessed with these prophetic teaching. God continue to bless u and use u Helen for touching many lives thru this media.

  21. Yemi

    I really trust God for so many things to be in place in my life, especially for a job and getting marry but all these seem to far away and my faith is really shaking. I do trust God but it just seem nothing is working out.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Yemi, praying for you right now, may your faith be recharged and see Father’s provision

  22. Remie

    Thank you Helen for sharing this.
    It help me to see that we have to approach God as our heavenly Father .
    It brings you more in an loving relationship with Him.
    Keep up the good work , you a blessing for a lot of people all over the world.

  23. Diana

    I am praying in Faith and asking for everyone’s prayer for total, mind, body and soul, healing for my daughter Desiree S.

    In Jesus, name
    Diana H.

    1. Diana

      Thank you Helen, for this having this channel. Your article reminded me how important to to pray and stay in FAITH, and to trust God’s promises to us- indeed HIS promises are TRUE. This morning I got word from my daughter that she had a very peaceful night. Thanks be to God- thank you Jesus, Amen!

      1. Helen Calder Post author

        Hello Diana, I love our Father’s care for His children. May she be fully well and both of you experience God’s touch in a special way today

  24. Charles

    I am doing 3 months co-op placement program in one organization and I desire to work there after the placement. I believe in my heart He will make a way for me where there is no way and grant my heart desires.Amen

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Charles yes amen, may they see the value of your contribution, may you have favour to take it to the next level

  25. Bukola

    Thank you Helen , God will continue to release virtue and anoint you afresh. I am believing Father God will appear and be God over the finances of my family and increase us , so that we will not be living pay check to pay check before paying bills.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Bukola, I say amen to that… He is God of ‘more than enough’ He is God of overflow!

  26. Christian Adiabo

    i need financial breakthrough. i lost everything since 3 years now and people owe me i walk everyday without money in my pocket i owe people now please help me in your prayers

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Christian, praying and agreeing right now for your turn around and the wisdom and steps to get back on track

    2. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Christian,
      praying and agreeing right now for your turn around and the wisdom and steps to get back on track.

  27. louwrika Owoses

    Your blessing us with something that we never thought how to understand and do it thank for having time to teach us ,may God continually give u his mighty spirit to help weak people like us by strengthening our faith

  28. Missy

    Praying for healing of a broken heart, restoration of the love, trust and friendship of my 29 year marriage. I am finding it hard to truly let go of the pain of betrayal and love and trust again.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Missy, that is such a hard thing to get through. I pray that you may know the overflow of Father’s grace and comfort, and the certain knowledge that you will rise, that there is a new day, a better time ahead. You are loved and highly valued by God. Receive His breath of life today
      Psalm 30:11-12
      You turned my wailing into dancing;
      you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
      Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
      <3 Helen

  29. Wanda Faye Steele

    God bless you and your family. God has allowed me to feel other people emotion and other things that I can’t explain. My hearts desire is to be used by God. I pray that he will lead me and guide me.

  30. Glen kajau

    Helen, I thank you for this blog its really helping me,may the Father in heaven bless you more

  31. Keagan Rezant

    Hi Helen
    I am completely lost as to what God wants me to do. I have been deliberately disobeying him. Blaming my lack of faith on some kind of depression and thus seeking reason to sin badly, not only towards my body but also towards God. I know its Satan who tries to get hold of me, but I feel that I need to be told something that don’t already know. I have run out of options on seeking help from people and it somehow seems as if my prayers are not being answers. You are my only hope.
    Could you give me some sort of direction to take so I can get back on the right track please?

  32. MERCY

    In the name of our Father through His son Jesus… i give praise the most high thank you for your post am blessed and my faith is uplifted. May God bless you and increase you to reach the lost.

  33. Kgaogelo

    I’m inspired by this blog, and I believe God for spiritual growth in no time. I feel like this is my season

  34. DUDU

    3 months ago I was in a car accident, the insurance company are making my life so difficult, the claim process is taking so long.. I have realised that this is warfare. I am so humbled to GOD AI WAS READING the article you wrote on Prophetic declaration, IT WAS SO TIMELY FOR ME. I BELIEVE GOD WIL SHAKE THINGS UP FOR ME.




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