Sometimes, I feel like prayer is an excuse that allows us to be safe from where we are and really get involved. I’m not saying that we do this all the time… but I know from my own experience, that it’s easier to say “Man, we need to pray for the homeless” rather than praying for them AND going out to help them.
Or praying about something and waiting around wondering when God will answer our prayers.
I think prayer needs to be accompanied by actions. We pray and we act.
When we pray for a job… we pray, then we go look for a job, right? We don’t pray and just wait for the phone to ring with a job offer (and praise be to God when God chooses to work that way some times).
We pray and we act upon our prayers.
I’m sure you can find holes in that theory… and this post.
But prayer is not an excuse to stay inactive or stay within a comfortable distance from the community and the world. I believe that prayer gives us strength to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty with love within the community. We pray, and we act.
And when we say “I’ll pray for you” by golly, we should really pray for that person!