Faith requires an object. You must have faith IN someone or something. Having faith that, somehow, things will work out is having faith in luck. Most people, even those who claim Christianity as their faith, actually have more faith in themselves than in God. The entire point of the Bible is that man is helpless to rescue himself and that God has to do it, if it is to be done. The Gospel, or Good News, is that He did do it, even from creation (Rev. 13:8). Now, if one has faith in God, and specifically in Jesus Christ, who is God, then one will abandon entirely the idea of being able to do anything to either rescue oneself or keeping oneself safe when one is rescued by Christ. However, most people seem to have a hard time really accepting and believing the idea that they don't have to do anything to earn God's grace. And so they tithe, become missionaries, marry in the Temple, wear magic underwear, attend required meetings and do required things if they are Mormon. They go to meetings, go door to door, and foreswear all manner of things if they are Seventh Day Adventists. They do the Mass, the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, etc., if they are Roman Catholic. And all of that is sham! It is all man having faith in himself, in doing the right things. When one is truly born again in Christ (and this is the work of the Holy Spirit, NOT of water baptism!), then one is indwelled by the Holy Spirit Himself. And it is only then that one can do anything to please God. And the reason is because the actions that please God are those done by the Holy Spirit Himself through the person. Again the person cannot do anything but submit and obey. The Holy Spirit knows better than to pray to Mary or any saint! Why should He? He's God! The connection to the Father and Son are complete through Him. He even prays for us when we don't know what to pray! It is only when the actions of a person are controlled and dominated by the Holy Spirit that those actions please God. This is why Paul warned about what we build with -- the wood, hay, and straw are substances grown from the earth. But the gold, silver, and costly stones which Paul uses as a picture in 1 Cor. 3 created by God Himself. What we do burns up. What God does through us stays. That is what it means to have faith in Jesus. Doing all the stuff we do to try to please Him somehow, some way, is attempting, at least, to have faith in ourselves. But it is only when He is doing the talking and acting through us that our words and actions will have any value in His eyes at all.