There once were two boys who played on the same baseball team. Both boys, after a game, loved going out for ice cream at a local ice cream place. Whenever, after a game, the first boy would ask his dad about going out for ice cream, his dad would sometimes say, “Yes,” while at other times, he would answer, “No.” The boy never knew when or why his dad would say yes or no, but he kept asking, even though he was unsure of what the answer would be. On the other hand, when the dad of the second boy wanted to take his son out for ice cream after the game, he would leave a note on the boy’s pillow which said, “After today’s game, ask me to take you out for ice cream.” The boy trusted his dad so he would only ask to go out for ice cream when there was a note on his pillow. So, every time the boy asked to go out for ice cream, the answer was always, “Yes.”
Which boy had absolute confidence of what the answer would be when he asked to go out for ice cream after the game?
That’s how prayer should work.