Osho tells a story about faith versus prayer.
I have heard…
In a town it happened: rains were not coming.
It was already getting very late in the season, so the priest of the town gathered all the people one morning, called them all to come to the temple so that they could pray for it to rain.
The whole town went – and the whole town laughed at a certain child.
A small child came with an umbrella.
So everybody talked and laughed and said: ‘You fool – why are you carrying your umbrella? You may lose it somewhere. Rains are not coming.’
The child said: ‘But I thought that when you would pray, the rains would come.’
Only one child was carrying an umbrella. How can rains come? If that child had prayed, there was a possibility of rains.
Faith can only be total – otherwise not. And the people who were laughing about that child were simply stupid. If you don’t have total faith, then why are you going to pray? And when prayer will not be fulfilled, you will say that you knew it was not going to happen all along.
Osho, The True Sage – Talks on Hassidism, Ch 4, Q 6 (excerpt)