Often, while praying, I have to stop as I’m reminded that a lot of what I am asking God to do, He already told us to do: heal the sick, clothe and feed those in need, encourage and build each other up in love… The list goes on and on, yet these are the things most Christians pray and ask God to do. Is it really a wonder that we don’t see the results we *wish* for?
Maybe we should step out in faith and follow the instructions left for us!
I know, I know… We haven’t all had the benefit of having someone personally model this for us, but that doesn’t change the mandate to do it. I don’t believe it is a sin to ask for these things (after all, we are supposed to pray for His will to be done), but something we each have to wrestle with is this: Is it a sin to not do them also. (Matthew 25:41-45 & James 2:15-16)
In Acts 4:30, we see the believers praying for boldness to step out in faith and see miracles happen through them with God’s power to back them up, not for the ability to congregate on Sunday, pray weak prayers of well-wishes, then go home and ignore the world around them. Christians are called to be world-changers, and that won’t happen passively.
Maybe, just maybe, if we spent less time/energy worrying about ourselves and more time/energy helping others, we’d see our cares melt away:
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
~Matthew 6:31-33 NLT
When the early disciples prayed, “Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done,” they thought they were praying for God to “green-light” Jesus in overthrowing the Roman government and liberating Israel; Many Christians today pray it hoping for the Rapture; I pray it in hopes of a greater revelation of His Kingdom, Power, Grace and Love working in me and through me to change the world. You see, the Bible assures me that the Kingdom is within me, therefore it is my responsibility to release the Kingdom (righteousness, peace and joy) wherever I go… It manifests by meeting the needs (and altering the lives) of those around us.