I've been struggling with this question for a while and can't seem to bring these two truths together: The concept of human free will, along side Jesus' teachings with statements like "whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24)
God does not force me or anyone to follow His will, and the Bible is full of stories when individuals and whole nations did not. Though God's ways are always better than our own, He desires our willing obedience to His plans.
So my question: How do I pray for someone in believing faith, when the thing I'm praying for depends on their free will?