Prayer and Action
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Prayer + Action

Prayer and action. This idea has surfaced several times in my life recently. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been spending more time intentionally praying for people, while also planning times to get together with those people.

Prayer and action.

It also hit me one night while taking care of my daughter. I often pray for her. I pray she’ll be safe and happy. I pray she’ll grow and learn well. And most importantly, I pray she’ll come to know Jesus as her savior at a young age.

Then I thought about all the things I do for her. I rock her back to sleep when she awakes in the middle of the night. I play with her and do whatever I can to make her smile and laugh. And I would do anything to keep her safe and protected.

Prayer and action.

Faith + Good Works

I realize prayer and action aren’t anything new. It’s similar to the concept of faith and good works. We’re all probably somewhat familiar with the verse in James that says, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” James‬ ‭2:26‬

One sign that our faith is genuine and alive is the good works we do.

  • Do we pray for people to know Jesus? And do we take action to share the Good News with them?
  • Do we pray for the poor and helpless? And do we take action to feed and help them?
  • Do we pray for our enemies? And do we take action to show that we truly love them?

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.

Prayer and action.

Our lives should consist of faith and good works — prayer and action. If we want to see people come to salvation, we obviously need to pray for them. Because changing hearts is something only God can do.

But if we only pray for people, is that enough? Or what’s our part? Paul says it this way, “And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?” Romans‬ ‭10:14‬b

And let’s not forget John’s simple call to action when he says, “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John‬ ‭3:18‬

The Bottomline

So we have a part to play. We have actions to take. If you’re praying for a friend to know Jesus, are you also spending time with that friend? Are you taking them to coffee or lunch? Are you actually sharing your faith with them?

Prayer is powerful. No doubt. I would argue that good works (actions) are also powerful. So link them together and what do you have? An incredible pairing that’s sure to change lives. Not only the lives of those around you, but yours as well.

So let’s commit ourselves to prayer and action. Pray for those who need Jesus. Pray for the poor and oppressed. And take action to love well, make friends, and share the Gospel. Souls are depending on it.

Prayer and action.

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