Everyone wants to pray but no one wants to be the answer
“I’m praying for you.”
I would be quick to say that those four words are one of the most used sentences out of a Christian’s mouth. OF COURSE, that’s not a bad thing. We are supposed to pray for our brothers and sisters, and even people we don’t know. How many of us actually do it when we say it?
My pastor always asks questions like, “When’s the last time you wept for a brother and the situation they are going through? When’s the last time you wept for someone other than your family?”
Those questions really hit me every time he asks them because many a time, we can’t even remember the last time, which is not good at all.
Christians have become so selfish in their prayers.
Many young women prayer about their future husband. There is nothing wrong with that… but what about that guy that is working 3 jobs to provide for his family and is still struggling to pay bills? What about the woman who just lost her child a few weeks ago? What about the teenager that was once strong in their walk and is now falling away?
Why are we so focused on praying for a future husband?! He’s fine. He will come in time. What you need to do, is focus on the fruit of the spirit. If you do that, and you stay in the bible, you will start preparing yourself for your husband. We need to be praying for all of these other people hurting. The only things we want to pray for now days is things that are beneficial to us.
Young men, you do the same. Not necessarily praying for your future husband, which I hope is not the case lol- but praying for things that only help and benefit you.
You don’t have to replace those prayers… just add to it. Stop letting the focus of your prayers be yourself.
We’re quick to say we are praying for someone… but in all reality, God is wanting us to be the answer to these prayers we are praying.
We can ask God to bless someone’s financial situation through prayer. While we’re over here having enough to get by and then some, but we are over here letting crickets chirp instead of help the brother or sister out. Why couldn’t you give them money to help get by?
We ask God to save our friends but the only extent of us being the answer to that prayer is by inviting them to church. Why rely on the pastor to save your friend when you could be the one to do it. Instead of asking God to save your friend, why not ask God to open up his heart to hear the truth and give you the words to speak…… and then… share the gospel with them!
There are countless examples I could go on about but I hope you get the point from those.
We tell God to bless someone, and God gives us the materials needed to bless them, and then we just leave it as a prayer and do nothing with it. What if God wants you to be the answer to that prayer?
Be the answer. Don’t just pray the prayer, meet that need if you’re able to meet it. God will use you in big ways through that if you allow Him to.
Take the ‘Like Jesus’ challenge! Week one is a prayer challenge, I dare you to do it! Click here