I believe that God heals, and perhaps we don’t pray enough for healing. But I know that there are times when he chooses not to heal. Elisha was used to raise a person from the dead but later we read that Elisha fell sick of the illness of which he was to die (2 Kings 13:14). Like everyone else godly people get sick and die. Faith is not only praying in the knowledge that God can heal, faith is holding on to God in the illnesses we have to bear.
I believe that God answers prayer, and certainly we don’t pray expectantly enough. But I know that sometimes God says no. Three times the apostle Paul asked for the thorn in his flesh to be removed, and the Lord replied, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’ (2 Cor. 12:9). Faith does not only believe in prayer, faith accepts when God’s ways are different than our hopes.
I believe that God gives good gifts to his children. But I notice that the New Testament is filled with warning of the dangers of wealth. Faith is not only being thankful for the good things we may have in life, faith involves being content whatever our circumstances. The apostle Paul warned Timothy of the dangers of loving money and then counselled, ‘godliness with contentment is great gain.’