Do you have to do more than pray? Thursday October 3rd, 2002
Have you ever prayed for your church to grow? Have you ever asked God to help ACP grow? Have you ever prayed asking God to show you what He wants you to do? Have you ever wondered if maybe you shouldn't be doing more than just praying? Have you wondered to yourself if perhaps you shouldn't be doing something?
Well, evidently the Ephesians wondered much the same things nineteen hundred and fifty years ago or so. For Paul answers them in the third chapter of his letter to the Ephesians.
Let's say you're praying for the ministry of ACP, let us say you have been asking God for ACP's grown and financial well-being. Let's go further and say you have also been praying for your home church, for it's growth and success or maybe revival for it's pulpit. Or maybe you have been praying for God to show you where He wants you to go to church.
Should you be doing more than just praying? Should you be taking some kind of action? Should you be taking some action in conjunction with your prayers?
I'm going to use ACP as an example, let us say you have been praying for ACP's growth. Should you add to your prayers perhaps a small ad in your local paper just saying www.Christianpatriot.com ? Let's say you are praying to God asking Him to send you to a good church for you and your family, should you maybe be going out each Sunday morning and Wednesday evening visiting fundamental churches within say 45 minutes of your home?
What if what you have been praying for is the growth of your own church, should you perhaps be going to your pastor with suggestions of how or maybe an offer to help?
As usual, God has answered your questions, and as usual He has put the answer in His book, the Holy Bible. As we read the dictation to Paul by God in His letter thru Paul to His people in the church of the Ephesians, we find our answer.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3: 14-21)
So, yes, you should follow the example set by the Apostle Paul and take some action in addition to praying, for as we see here, God will guide and bless your labors if you are doing His will. Paul could have just prayed, but in addition to praying, For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, he also took pen in hand and wrote this letter to the Ephesians.
Is prayer wrong all alone? Of course not, but when added to the actions condoned by God, your prayers become much stronger. So, yes go to the Lord in prayer, but also step out in faith. Take some action to further the goals of your prayers.
The Lord our God, Messiah Yeshua be with and bless you all. And may He continue to guide President Bush in his efforts to save the baby in the womb from the hideous death of abortion. And may He also be with our country as we head towards war.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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