My family recently watched a fantasy movie, Voyage Of The Unicorn. It was a fun, light-hearted family adventure that we tend to enjoy, involving faeries, elves, trolls, unicorns, dragons, and other fantastic creatures. One of the points behind the movie was that believing is seeing. You have to believe in something before you can really see it.
Isn't that true with God?
One of the main lines repeated by one of the characters is "Faith precedes the miracle." This is really a strong Biblical truth, isn't it? If you look throughout the Bible you'll see that each time a miracle is performed, someone has to have faith and believe in it first. From the parting of the Red Sea to Paul escaping from prison, the power of God requires a measure of faith before it can work.
Does this mean that God needs us in order for Him to work miracles? No. He can do it just fine without us and isn't beholden to any "power" we may seem to possess. He wants to see whether or not we really believe in Him and His power. Once we have faith, then we'll see His hand.
Remember that the next time you're looking for something special to happen in your life. Have you had faith first?