I want to start out this blog by saying it is not my intent to minimize prayer nor praying for others by any means. I believe we need to pray, not just for ourselves but for others as well. It is critical! What this blog is going to address is the tendency to simply say these words and that's that.
We've all probably done it. Someone tells us about a situation they are in, often we don't know what to do or say (or we don't want to be bothered with it) and we get a solemn, sympathetic look on our face and say, "Well... I'll remember you in my prayers." On the surface this all sounds very right and good, doesn't it. I mean, telling someone you will pray for them is a good thing, right? Of course it is! If you actually bother to do it.
I suspect that sometimes we say this because it is "easy". We feel like we've done our "Christian duty". We soothe our conscious by saying that we'd "help" them. We will pray for them, when/if we think about it. We don't uh... tell them that last part though.
There is nothing wrong with prayer. I believe it is necessary but are we sometimes using the words, "I'll remember you in prayer" as an excuse to not roll up our sleeves and get involved? Are we using the words as a neat, tidy little solution or are we willing to include these words in our prayer. "Lord, what would you have me do? Is there any way I can be a help and encouragement to this person?"
Perhaps, God has already provided the answer to their prayer. He did so when He "whispered" in their ear to go and share with YOU!
i'm guilty and charged and thank God he doesnt put me in a stockade or solitary confinement lol. thank you for your blog of making the plain and simple so ovious and the process of clensing and correction can start for me to grow more in the image and likeness of Christ. be blessed my sister and have a great day.
Get the message here. If we are not willing to 'do', then maybe we should question our committemnt to the Lord we pray to. Course, so much we pray, we acknowledge that without Him, it is all vain. His will should be first, in everything. In doing, and in praying.
God Bless sister K .
Okay! I admit it! I would be keeping vettie company in the stocks. Thankfully we have a gracious and merciful God who recognises our failings. And praise God, too, that we get to try again. Oh, would that my discernment were as active as my mouth is!