Prayer and Passivity


I’m very concerned that we sometimes use prayer as an excuse for passivity. We hide behind our bed on our knees because …

  • We don’t want to put forth the energy to research solutions to a problem we are facing.

  • We don’t want to use our reason to think through a situation and decide what is the best course of action.

  • We don’t want to do what needs to be done.

So because “we don’t want to,” we act very spiritual and say “I’m still praying about that.” What we really want is for God to remove us from the situation or remove the situation from us without our lifting a finger to help.


Just a word of warning here: God isn’t in the business of delivering answers on silver platters.

  • If you have a problem, expend the necessary energy gathering information about it so that you can be knowledgeable.

  • God gave you a brain, and he expects you to use it. He will help you make a wise decision if you ask him to, but you have a part in the process.

  • There comes a time when you have to get off your knees and do something. God won’t take action for you.

Don’t make prayer an excuse for passivity. Pray – then stand up in the power and grace of God and take action.

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