James 2:20 proclaims that "faith without works is dead". What does that mean? Well, James is saying that if you say you have faith but don't follow through with corresponding action than your faith is devoid of life and will not produce.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. - James 1:23-25
Have you ever seen a person passionate about a belief or a cause; they act on their convictions. You may possibly think they are sincerely wrong, but that doesn't matter because they believe they are right and the cause is worthy, otherwise they wouldn't take action. The same is true with faith. If a person believes in something and believes it will produce results then they will act accordingly. Believing is acting.
Faith only comes one way, by hearing and hearing by the Word of God [Romans 10:17].
You can't believe in something you don't know exists. First, you have to discover what the Word says and then you can act on it to receive the promise. You have to actually know the truth before it can set you free.
So, I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you [Luke 11:9].
If you have done the first part of studying and knowing the word of God than you probably already know that Jesus said in John 15:7 that if you abide in him and his words abide in you, that you can ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.
So, I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
- [Luke 11:9
Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
- [1 Timothy 4:15]