A fine line

I’ve often wondered about the fine line between prayer and inaction. Now, don’t get me wrong, prayer is not inaction. In fact, prayer is a very active activity. It requires us to be spiritually present, focused and intentional.

However, it is easy to fall into the trap of using prayer as an excuse for inaction. Most times it’s a lot easier to pray for something than to actually work it out in our lives. In the times that I spend praying, I sometimes get this nagging sensation in the back of my head that I can and I should be doing more.

Sometimes, prayer is all that can be done. But in all the other times, prayer has to be accompanied with action. Does taking action mean that we’re not trusting that God will answer our prayers? Not at all. As my dear friend Charles Spurgeon succinctly puts it…

“The Christian should work as if all depended upon him, and pray as if it all depended upon God.”

Charles H. Spurgeon