Thursday, July 12, 2012

When Prayer Meets Action

One thing that really frustrates me is when people hide behind God to avoid making a decision.  There are many times that we know the right thing to do, but maybe do not want to or are scared to do it.  Then there are times when we do not want any kind of responsibility and so we put off making any kind of decision while perpetually praying on it.  They use an illusion of faith to hide the fact that they lack faith.  The feign submission to hide their lack of obedience to act. 

I am not saying that we should not pray and seek the Will of God.  We should do that for everything we do in life, but there comes a time when we need to stop asking the question and start acting on the answer.  Sometimes the answer does not seem pleasant.  Sometimes the answer seems impossible.  Sometimes the answer is hard to understand.  Many times, the answer will require us acting in faith trusting that God will work out what He has asked us to do.  The fact is, though, we need to act. 

Many times we do not do that, though.  We need to make a decision and all we choose to say is "Whatever the Lord wills."  Sometimes, though, it is up to us to share what the Lord wills.  Hiding behind a prayer already answered is dishonest.  We can not blame God for our lack of faith in making a decision when God has already given us the answer.  We can not blame God for delayed action when you already know His will.  The blame falls squarely on ourselves and our lack of faith. 

What I am saying in this short post is that there comes a time for action.  We need to stop asking questions that God has already answered and we need to stop waiting on the Lord when it gets to the point that the Lord is waiting on us.  True God does tell us to pray without ceasing, but that is not to mean to pray for the same exact thing without ceasing.  When we pray, God will answer.  When we seek His will, He will provide it.  Many times He will not give us the answer we would like, but His answer is always best.  Many times His way is not a way we would have chosen to do something, but His way is the only one that will work.  I know that it can be quite a leap of faith, but stop thinking about the leap and start thinking about the One who will catch you.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

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