WHEN PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH

“Have you gone to meet him?” Mrs. Olatunde asked a sucking Laide, who sat across the dining table.

“Meet who mum? That man? Do you know who he is?”

“Why are you then complaining that God didn’t answer your prayer?”

“Mummy, you don’t understand what I’m saying. Don’t you realize what’s at stake here?”

“You’ve been praying and asking God to turn the situation to your favor right?”

“Yes ma, and that’s what I’m expecting God to do but today is Friday and the program is Monday and nothing has been done. Everything seems normal and usual as before.”

“I’m sorry dear but everything is going to remain that way if you continue sitting there.”

“Mummy, I expected you to join me in prayers and not give me negative feedback. Don’t you care at all?”

“I do ma’am but you’re not doing anything about the situation and you expect God to work. You’re tying His hands if I should put it that way. The answer is there but you won’t see it if you don’t take the necessary steps.”

“What am I supposed to do now?”

“Go to your supervisor and tell him your predicament. He’s the one who can avert the situation. If you don’t even make him aware of what’s happening, how do you expect him to do something about it? Isn’t that where the answer to your prayer lies? I know he can be a tough man but that’s the main reason you’re praying. To sit down and do nothing is to expect nothing.”

“Hmmm…” Laide shrugged. “Is prayer not enough to solve the whole problem? Am I not supposed to have faith in God and just let Him do His work.”

“Yes, that’s right.” Mrs. Olatunde said. “But remember the Bible says ‘Faith without works is dead’ show me your faith by your works. You may say God is to do His part and that’s what you trust Him for but note that God won’t do for you what you ought to do by yourself. Most times when we pray and have faith, there’s a step we also have to take in the actualization of what we’re asking for. Esther after praying and fasting along with the other Jews still had to meet the king to plead for the lives of her people. What if she had just prayed and believed? What would have been the Jews’ fate? Would you say God didn’t answer their prayers if they didn’t do their part? Why do you think God asked Moses to ask Pharaoh to release the children of Israel?

“Yes. You see, God didn’t need Pharaoh’s permission to deliver His people. He doesn’t need your help either. There are times when there’s nothing you can do about the situation and all that’s left is God’s hands.
But there are times when the works we do are proof of our faith. Most importantly, I’m not saying you should do anything just because you’ve prayed, it should be under the direction and leading of the Holy Spirit. Every time God does a miracle, it’s most times preceded by an instruction to the recipient to do something. Think of the woman who had to borrow vessels from her neighbors, Moses stretching the rod over the river, the servants who had to fetch water into the jars before Jesus turned the water to wine. God can work without us, but He needs our faith. It’s not enough to say ‘I believe’ you’ve got to prove it by your works.”

Have you been praying and it seems your prayers are not being answered?

You’ve applied faith but it seems nothing is happening? Have you asked God what He requires you to do in partnership with Him?

Is there something you should be doing before you see God’s hands moving?

Why don’t you go to God and ask Him for His leading on what you have to do?

James 2:18,20 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

Have you ever been in a scenario where God required you to take an action in response to your faith? Or perhaps you’ve been in a situation where nothing worked even after you prayed until you took some steps? Kindly share. We’d love to learn from your testimony and experience.

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