I’ve been hearing an awkward phrase for a while now.
“Prayer is not enough.” I think I’m hearing it from God. “Declaration is not enough.”
This morning, he went on:
• If you sit around the house all day eating bonbons, praying for weight loss, do you think I’ll believe you?
• If you pray for finances, but don’t go looking for a job, shall I take you seriously?
• If you pray for godly leaders, but don’t expend the effort to research and vote, do you really mean what you’re praying?
• If you fill your mind with the ravings of the fearful, then ask me for peace in your soul, I will question your sincerity.
• I could think of a thousand other illustrations.
The thought was, “If you don’t take your prayers seriously, why should I?”
It seems that God is more interested in invested partners, in full heirs in the kingdom, than in needy, dependent toddlers.
If we’re heirs in the
then we’re participants in the exercise of the rule of the Kingdom. He wants to
work with us, not against. He is more willing to work with us than against us. Kingdom of God
Our words have power, yes. But our actions are also powerful. Best to have them working together.
For a long time, we thought our words were powerless but we’re learning better now. It appears that we’re swinging too far in the direction of relying on our words.
That’s a truth, but it’s not the only truth. If we want to live as mature sons and daughters, we need to know more than just one truth.
The saying is, “Prayer works,” and it’s true. But it goes both ways. Prayer accomplishes things. But prayer sometimes has work to do. Not instead of prayer; in addition to prayer. As part of the prayer.
We’ve got a job to do.
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “
‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing.
He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
“Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the
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Matthew 21:28-31 kingdom