Successful prayer depends on our relationship with the Father and little else. The following story, as related by Rev. Kenneth Hagin on one of his radio programs, demonstrates well this principle:
In the 1850’s, a slave woman watched in agony as her husband was led to the auction block. She knew her husband would be sold to another plantation and they would never see each other again. Life without him would be horrible, she thought.
As she stood there, in her hopelessness, wondering what she could do, she looked up toward heaven. “Lord, if I could help You right now as easily as You can help me, I would,” she prayed in a soft whisper.
As the slave husband slowly trudged up to the auctioneer, a young boy in the audience turned to his father. “Dad, could I have ten dollars to buy a slave?” he asked.
“Sure, son,” said his father, knowing that each slave would sell for hundreds of dollars. He handed his son the money.
“Let’s begin the bidding on this young, strong slave,” said the auctioneer. “Who’ll start it off?”
The young boy raised his hand. “I’ll bid ten dollars,” he said in a loud voice.
The crowd turned to look at the young boy and laughed in unison at the ridiculousness of the boy’s bid. Each shook his head, and yet, there were no other bids. The boy purchased the slave husband for ten dollars
Afterward, the young boy walked to the cashier, paid his money, signed the papers, and took possession of his slave.
Then, he took the slave husband over to the wife. “Here, you can have him. He’s yours,” he said to her.
…For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)