Is prayer enough????

In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. Matt 6:14,15 (The Message)

For years I have been taught how important it is to add action to prayer. My pastor believes it and so do I. I find it so challenging though. It is not an easy truth. Prayer is not enough by itself. A lot of people think it is but it’s not. People say, prayer is powerful but what does that mean? How is it powerful?
The word you just read is the answer. In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do.
Please understand, our part is not to do everything. If it is then what is the point of prayer??!! We don’t need God then…
and besides, we wouldn’t be successful. We are not perfect and if we had to rely on ourselves we would fail dismally and not accomplish anything!!! Prayer and action go hand in hand. If you are praying for a breakthrough in your health do you know you have a part to play in the answer? To be healthy you must start at eating right. Then there is exercise and and then there is change of mindset. Please remember, your part is not to do everything because if that was the case then why would we need prayer, why would we need God??? But God wants you to do something!! He wants us to do something….I am praying for financial breakthrough but I understand I have a part to play. Being undisciplined with the money is not the answer. Being wasteful is not helping. I am in a way shooting myself in the foot!! I know I need to tithe, give to the poor, save money (a work in progress)!!! That is my part and God will show you your part in the answer to the prayer you just prayed!

The word says, if you refuse to do your part you cut yourself off from God’s part….!!!! That is a pretty harsh truth and it is one I am learning constantly. God is good and He gives us grace to do our part so don’t be afraid, or feel intimidated. He delights in our prayers and He hears our prayers. He loves our prayers. No matter how big the prayer there is always something you can do. Your prayers are not insignificant. Your action just goes to confirm that you believe God has heard your prayer and He has answered you! Prayer on it’s own is not enough. You have a part to play and God in His mercy has extended His grace to you so you can do your part!!!! Amen


Is Hope Dangerous?

I have been thinking about hope. I have hope in a lot of things. I am hoping God is going to come through for a lot of things in my life. But I have also seen that hope cannot stay there. Hope cannot just stay as hope. We cannot just only hope for things. Here are a few things people hope for:
– Better health
– To get more money
– To get married
– To live long
– To travel and so on and so on

We need to move from “hope” to making it happen. In the things that you are hoping for, are you playing your part? There needs to be a balance.
Let me say this about hope. Hopes and dreams are expectations we have. These things are not tangible. So planning and working towards something that you are hoping for is the balance. And this I believe is where hope is dangerous. A lot of people hope for things but don’t ever do anything. I may hope for more money but the reality is, I need to work hard.

Please understand me on this. I am not saying we should be self-reliant. The fact is, we are not capable on our own. We need God. We have been given this amazing ability to hope and we should keep on hoping and dreaming but understand that God has a part for you to play. Are you playing your part in the things you hoping for? But to play your part you have to have the wisdom to know which is which. What is God’s part and what is your part?

The conclusion is this, have hope and have dreams but do your part. God has a part for you to play but at the same time know which part is yours. Don’t be caught trying to do God’s part.