More Than Prayer
Philippians 3:14 (NLT)
” I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
This word that God has given me time and time again over the past few weeks is definitely for everyone. It started when God brought it to my attention that I was praying for things, but not doing anything else. Our work family here at Laminin Designs get together every morning and talk about what we have to do that day, prayer request, and then we pray. The Holy Spirit brought it to my attention that some of us are praying for the SAME thing weekly. Some of us have been praying for the same thing for months, or even years. I was sitting in church last Sunday and God spoke to me through the preacher’s message. It was all confirmation for what I had been noticing and what the Holy Spirit had been showing me. The overall message that I took away from church that day is it’s not enough to pray.
We sit in that group every morning and pray, and a lot of us go on about our business. Our prayers have become routine, and we get up and don’t do anything else. Some of the ones reading may know exactly what I am talking about. It’s not uncommon or hard to just walk through the motions. The problem is it can leave you disappointed in God. You are praying yes, but then you are not going back and nurturing your spirit. God told me that we should be more assertive and active in our Christian walk. It’s not enough to pray and listen to worship; it looks good but that will not satisfy you. Quite the opposite, like I said before, it will give you an impression of God that is distorted. The thing is, if you pray about something, it WILL be answered. It’s a guarantee. God may not give you exactly what you prayed for, but he will answer it. He will provide peace, comfort, and love for the answer that He has for you. I have a friend that is struggling with her job. She doesn’t know if she should stay or go. She is miserable because things aren’t the way she wishes they would be. Sound familiar? Story of everyone’s life, almost. Every single Christian has something that they go through or going through that they would love for it to be different. They don’t like the rules, money, or people. We are never content with things the way they come. Which is why prayer isn’t enough.
We have to pray, worship, and read His word in order to know and trust Him. Like I said, God always answers prayer, just not in the way you are looking for it to be answered. God may not take you out of the situation, but instead use that situation to change you.
Psalm 27:4 (NLT)
“The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.”
What I am trying to say there are too many Christians that are praying for things but not doing their part. Yes, we have a part to do. Relationships are two-sided. Follow up with your prayers, by seeking Him and reading His Word. Worship His name and see if He doesn’t show you something. When we pray and just go about our business and never think about it until it’s time to pray about it again; that to me is like pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees, letting it get hot, and never putting your dish in. WHO do you expect to put it in there? You can’t ask someone else to do it. ( I suppose you could but that is not going along with my point. Ha)
There is a situation that I was facing 3 months ago, that I was just praying and praying about. Thinking to myself and even praying saying, “PLEASE just tell me what to do, you know that I miss a lot of stuff, so make it clear. Let it hit me in the face (literally if that’s what it takes). I desperately wanted to know what God wanted me to do about this situation. All I was doing was making a wish list, for God to complete and bring to me. We expect for us to have a “life” but still God needs to meet my needs. Have you ever been in a relationship like that? If so, it probably did not end well. I feel like the main point I need to cover is that Jesus wants us to want to seek Him. He doesn’t just want our wish list. He is a jealous God, and we were created for a relationship with Him.
After you pray about something, follow up! Get a follow-up appointment. Go and read His word, spend your day talking to Him all day, use your free time to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Even if your prayer doesn’t get answered like you prayed for, spending time with the Lord will without a doubt change you to where it doesn’t bother you like it did.