“Pray for me.”
“I’ll be praying for you.”
“God, please help that (wo)man.”
“Be sure to pray for all the people without enough food/clothes/etc.”
Prayer is a wonderful thing; it is not a wonderful thing to pray for someone instead of doing something.
If someone is hungry and I have extra food, praying for them is not wonderful. I have food. I am the answer to that prayer. God has me right there with what they need. All I need to do is look at that person and ask myself, “what does love require of me?”
Then, do that thing. What good is praying for them when God has me there?
1 John 3:17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister[a] in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
I believe in prayer. Truly. There are so many things out of our hands which only our Lord can handle. If a friend is deeply depressed there’s little we can do to fix it, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything. We can pray both for them and for guidance, then go and be present for that person. If we love them we must give ourselves.
We sometimes act as if we don’t need to do anything other than, “just believe!”
This next passage gets quoted a lot:
“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.””
Exodus 14:13-14 NIV
The verse that follows it usually gets left out though, strangely… 🙃
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”
Exodus 14:15 NIV
I believe all too often He is thinking something along those same lines when we just want to pray about it without acting. He’s already given a direction, ability, and an opportunity.
So what then are we to do?
- Pray about anything and everything on our hearts and minds.
- Ask what love requires, and do it.
- Follow this blog 😅