“Let me pray about that”
Have you ever said those words to someone? Have you ever said those words and either forget to pray about what you committed to pray about (No, I have never done that…)? What about committing to pray for the decision because you actually did not want to commit to volunteering for X or contributing to Y or going to Z.
Odds are, if you have ever been in the Christian context for some time you have used those words as a call to pause. A call to pause and consider the will of God and the next step of action. Praying for a lightening bolt to strike and mark the way. Little do we know that God wants us to stop praying and start doing.
At least that’s what Greg Darley’s “Waster Prayer” is challenging us to consider.
Darley is quite clear from the beginning. This is not a book on salvation, for salvation is a gift from God and can never be earned by us. This is a book on discipleship and following Jesus our Messiah. Obedience to Jesus and building for the Kingdom of God necessitates that we stop praying and start doing.
Praying without ceasing is a very important point to Darley’s argument. Our lives need to be cultivated in such a way that we are constantly communicating with God and creating a real relationship with him. We become more focused on our relationship with him instead of fixating on a transaction.
A powerful argument Darley uses is the stories found in the Bible. There are so many individuals both within the OT and NT that acted when God called them. They did not pause to pray for a week, instead they were obedient to God’s call. They jumped, even when it was scary. But they jumped out of already having a real relationship with God.
Sometimes we need the nudge from God and remain faithful to his leading, even when it seems unclear. Even when it seems risky, sometimes God’s call is one for an adventure that will lead us down precarious situations only to end up right where he wants us to be. Stop procrastinating by praying.
Prayer without action is wasted.
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