Is it enough to just pray and not act?
This is a question that I have constantly asked myself time and again and it has always brought more clarity to the situation. Could it be possible that we may be using just prayer as a substitute for action? While prayer is the best starting point, action in the direction of the prayer is even more crucial.
Prayer forms the foundation to any action. The problem arises when the prayer is not followed by any action. For example, you pray for the hungry in your community and you wish that no sleeps on an empty stomach. What would it look like for this prayer to be followed in action? While feeding everyone may not be possible, feeding at least one is very doable. Prayer depends on faith and faith without action is DEAD!
James 2 : 14 – 17
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Jesus modeled for us the action in prayer beautifully! Time and again, He addressed the immediate need and that in turn made a way for His love and truth to enter into people’s lives and change them forever.
It can be so easy to preach and teach an inspiring message without following it up with committed action — an action to change and be changed in the process. Imagine if we all start living out our prayer for our communities and our neighborhoods what would this world begin to look like. Engage people into this understanding of faith where it is a blend of prayer and action. Encourage discussion as to what it would mean to see this prayer-need met in the “now” and begin taking small doable steps of action in that direction. This would mean that prayer for the community is now open with millions of opportunities and possibilities of needs being met.
There is something very important that needs to be pointed out here, we operate only from a place of being lead by the Holy spirit and from the place of knowing that we in our own strength can’t do anything. Depending on God is our safe place, especially when pride and entitlement come knocking at our door. Everything that we have or own or are able to do is because He allows for it and there is a far greater purpose to our lives and the resources, talents and skills He has placed in our hands. Be challenged today to ask God to lead you into action and into purpose and into destiny!
Akanksha Shetty heads the Compassion Ministry at Community of Hope and liaises with different social organisations to help the community to be a part of several activities that create social impact and get us a chance at showing Jesus’ compassion to those in need .