I’m a big fan of using the “reminder” function on my iPhone, but when the reminder goes off and I’m busy right at that moment and I don’t reset the reminder for a later time, or I don’t follow-up on the reminder and take some action, then nothing happens. It dawned on me this morning as I was thinking about the “reminder” function that prayer is a lot like that. We can pray and pray and pray but often times God wants us to take some action as well to follow-up.
You can’t just pray, “God make me financially comfortable and successful” and then just sit back and wait for it to happen. You have to pray that prayer and then go out and apply yourself and your talents. When you start earning a living you need to tithe, once you trust God with your finances he will bless you even more. You can’t out give God.
You can’t just pray, “God help me to lose weight and look and feel better.” You have to start watching what you eat and exercising as well. Then your prayer changes to God give me the strength to continue along with my weight loss plan. But if you just pray and sit back in front of the TV eating a family size back of potato chips probably nothing is going to happen.
Our message to students needs to be that often prayer without action means nothing. God will help us, God WANTS to help us, but God also wants to grow us and wants us to learn to do the right thing along the way. Look for everyday things that happen in life and turn it into a lesson that students can understand and gain something, that’s my prayer this morning…this blog is my follow through.
Got an everyday issue that you can turn into a lesson for students? We’d love to hear about it and share it with others.