Pray…and play our part

As Christians we are exhorted to DO things – to believe, to pray and to do what we can.

We profess our belief in the words we say and our actions. We pray – perhaps for many the easiest thing to do. We relinquish control and hand it to God. But is that enough?

If we pray and our actions don’t back up what we pray for, we are just being pious and going through the motions. We’re not following through, with all our heart and soul and mind and strength.

Consider what we pray for.

We pray for those within the congregation. So WE need to be mindful of the other members of the congregation and take an interest in them. Share their joys – successes, advancement at work, performances in sport; children’s achievements, weddings and births in the family and other things they are rightly proud of. Sharing these makes them more significant (happiness shared is happiness multiplied). Share their difficulties by listening and being supportive and helpful (troubles shared are troubles halved).

We pray for the local community we live in. Who makes up that community? WE do. Instead of hoping others will do the work that needs to be done, we need to roll up our sleeves and get on with it. The story is too familiar – someone else will do it – but if everyone had that attitude, nothing would get done. We pray that the world will have peace, that resources will be fairly used, that people will have enough food, clothing and shelter. These things will only be achieved if WE do something about it.

God will carry out what we pray for and He will achieve miracles – but it will be done through people like ourselves carrying out God’s will by doing things. None of us can do everything, but if each of us does what we can, a little or a lot, God’s will will be done.

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