Prayer Works if You Work

Let’s keep diving into prayer just a smidge more. 

There is a very popular movie, well popular in my book called Evan Almighty. I am hoping you have heard of it. There is a line in the movie that Morgan Freeman says as God that always opens my eyes every time I hear it. 

“Let me ask you something… If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them the opportunity to be patient…? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does He give him opportunities to be courageous… If someone prayed for the family to be closer, you think God zaps them with warm, fuzzy feelings… Or does He give them opportunities to love each other…”

I want you to read it then reread it. Every single time this line comes up my mind is blown. We expect God to fix our problems right as we pray for them. We live in that kind of microwave society where everything needs to happen right when we want it but sorry to break it to you that isn’t quite how this walk of faith works. I am trying to be real with you because this walk isn’t always easy, but it will always be worth it. But let’s get back on track!

In my head the more we are praying for something the more God says, “ok let’s work on it then”, the only way to get good at something is to practice it, right? If you ever played sports, you know that in order to actually be good at something you had to work at it. If you wanted to be the best softball player out there you weren’t going to just sit on your couch and not do anything you were going to go outside and put in the work. If you go and ask any pro athlete, I can bet you anything that every single one of them will say that they put in the work to get to where they are. They make it look easy but that’s because at first it started out hard but because of the hard work they put in they just became stronger and now it looks easy to do. 

Let’s treat the things we are praying about like a sport. I am praying for patience, so I am going to practice patience and soon one day I will be strong enough that patience will come easy. I am praying for courage, so I am going to be courageous. I am going to step out in faith and soon walking in obedience will become muscle memory, so I won’t be scared to do the things God has called me to do. I am praying for positivity, so I am going to work on being positive and soon I will see all the blessings in my life instead of all the downfalls. Whatever it is that you are praying for let’s work on it. Practice makes perfect or better yet practice makes you stronger. 

Take a second to think about the things you have been praying about. Could you be working on the things you have been praying about? Is God giving you opportunities to give you exactly what you are praying for?

Somethings to think about & journal if you are feeling spunky:

  • What are three things you could work on today?
  • Are you passing up opportunities to get better and the things you are praying about?
  • Do you expect things to happen for you right after your pray for them?

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