Praying, Working, Loving and Caring

Have you ever wondered why your prayers were not answered? At times you seem to say your prayers mechanically rather than really getting in touch with God. As a result, you get discouraged and felt that praying is useless and a waste of time? Perhaps this brief article sent to me by a dear Christian brother might just be the antidote to your prayerlessness. “Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you. Sometimes we forget that God may want us to be part of the answer to our own prayers. At times, we expect God to do everything and we sit back and do nothing. We ask Him to bless the church but we are not moving even an inch. We plead with God for our loved ones to be saved; yet we never witness to them. We earnestly intercede for our financial needs, yet we won’t dig deep into our own pockets. We ask the Lord to comfort and encourage the shut-in and lonely, but we never go out of our way to visit or send a note of encouragement. Yes, He wants us to add feet to our prayers. Working often goes hand-in-hand with praying. Faith in God is proven when we serve as one who cares. Faith finds a way to love and help. Putting action to our prayers is the evidence of true faith in God who hears and answers prayers. As 1 Peter 4: 10 exhorts us, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Have we as a church got tired of praying? Or, are you one of those who seldom open your mouth to pray in our church praying meeting? Are you one of those who are contented to join the “silent club” when it comes to praying? How the heart of our heavenly Father must be saddened when His beloved children are not coming to commune with Him?

Let us acknowledge and repent of our sin of prayerlessness and resolve with God’s help that we will come boldly before Him in prayer. If the health of our spiritual life is measured by our prayers, will our life be described as “… a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit”? (Jer. 17: 8 NASB).

A prayerless Christian is a misnomer. We cannot claim to be in fellowship with God when we never make any effort to pray. Prayer is the Christian’s birthright. At salvation, we receive the spirit of adoption as sons. The Holy Spirit enables us to cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ (Rom. 8: 17, 18; Gal. 4: 4-6). From that moment onward, we begin a life-long relationship with God. Prayer is the channel by which we establish and maintain this relationship. Let us make the heart of our heavenly Father glad by coming daily to Him in prayer. When prayer becomes our daily habit, it will also become our delight when we gather with our fellow believers in corporate prayer meeting.

Rev. Mark Tay