This is from a little book called "Living Faith". This exert is written by Steve Givens
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
From time to time I receive emails that say something like: "Read this prayer below. Make three wishes. Pass this on to ten people. In three days your wishes will come true!" I know these people mean well, but we need to remember that God operates on a slightly higher plain than: "Act now and you will receive...."
This beautiful and often-quoted verse from the letter to the early Hebrew Christians was meant to set them straight on this topic, just as it does for us today. Faith is not the same as hope. We don't get what we wish for because we pray harder or more frequently than others. Rather, when we have faith we already have what we need. Faith is what we hope for. Faith is not just believing in what we cannot see; it is evidence that what we cannot see is really there. Faith leads us to pray: Never mind what I want; give me what you know I need. Give me faith.