Pray less?

15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”

16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” – Mt 14

This had to blow some minds.  Jesus looks at these guys and says “You do the miracle.”

Can you imagine the look on the disciples faces?  “Um, yea, we are not the miracle workers here Jesus.  We know you have the ability to do this crazy stuff, but last we checked, we are not skilled in the whole ‘pull-things out-of -thin-air’ category.”

No matter.  Jesus was wanting them to do more than run to him for every request.  He wanted them to DO.

I believe that prayer is a big deal.  I believe that we are to listen to God.  We are to ask God for things.  But can we get so used to asking him for things that we never really do anything (besides pray)?  Could God be asking us to DO?  Sometimes we are like kids who see something we need and run to Mom and ask her to fix it.  After a while Mom needs to look at us and say “You can do this.  I know you don’t think you can, but you can.  Do it.”

Are there things in your life right now that need done?  Pray about them, yes.  But let’s not stop there.  God may be wanting to answer your prayer by having you say “Amen” and get to work.

The answer to your prayer may be in your doing.

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2 thoughts on “Pray less?

  1. That is sorta like the old story of the two boys cutting through the field when a bull started after them. One boy said let’s run and the other knelt to pray. What are you doing? Praying. Fine, you can pray. But I will run and pray while I run. I think we tend to say, “I will pray for you” as an excuse for not doing something. Have feet will travel.