True faith requires God's help

Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. Augustine

Here is a truth: People who pray and believe God for things regularly see them come to pass. We have 3 couples in our church who, after many years of trying, had no children. Each of them began to pray and have faith that God would give them a child.  We have seen each one receive a healthy baby.  Even after each couple had to wait ten years.

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Yes there is a reward for faith. God is not the great disappointer in the sky, He is real and wants you to believe He's real.  Praying in faith is not like a post-it note at the office that sort of gets mislaid somewhere.  No, faith in God produces real results.  The writer of Hebrews says, “faith is the substance of things hoped for…” Real tangible things; restored families, jobs, health, good marriages, clean consciences, children who do right.  Real things

But I know some people from the intellectual community see faith as a crutch for the weak, a narcotic for the non-thinkers, an excuse to be lazy for the non-academic.  Some might even say,”I just do not want to be insincere, or disingenuous.  I just cannot believe in what I do not see."  They may even think, "I wish I could be like those who I see trusting their God for the things of life!"

The thing is, God gives faith.  He gives to man the ability to believe and trust Him. Think of that, we can not even trust Him without His help!

Ephes. 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God