But I must remember, my faith cannot be placed in the way circumstances may appear to me.
“Even if it seems impossible [to you], should it also seem impossible to me, says the Lord of hosts?” (Zechariah 8:6)
Prayer should never be used as a last resort or be treated as a secondary hope. Prayer is communication with God -- communion with God. There is nothing greater than communion with God. He is the One who has the power to heal and change hearts. He should always be my first (and only) One to flee to.
No one and nothing can move like Him. No one understands like Him. No one loves like Him. Why turn anywhere else?
Hope is beautiful, but without communion -- of intimate communication -- with the who One offers hope, hope by itself is empty. What is there to hope in if not Christ? Everything good and true is from Him.
So, I search my memories and I recall what promises God has made and how often He fulfilled them - 100% of the time. Never once did He make a promise He hasn't kept.
Even when circumstances look bleak, I shall not place my hope in them, but in the One who promised deliverance. He is able to do exceedingly more than even I can imagine.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21