And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
I have spent the last two months inspired by a certain Bible verse. It’s the one you see above. One interpretation: “Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it?”
Powerful question, huh?
I don’t and I aim to change that. I have talked and talked about issues at work-with coworkers, with friends, with my prayer group, and, occasionally, in prayer. If I stopped and prayed every time I had the urge to complain, my prayers would uncountable.
Too often we find release in just talking to others. While this is a good coping strategy, it is not the be-all-end-all. You have to take it to God because if you don’t nothing happens. Your words are just wasted breath.
No wonder nothing in my life is changing. I am striving to pray about it every time I talk about it. Legs hurting? Pray for healing! Coworker annoying me? Pray for peace! Things difficult at home? Pray for understanding!
Sometimes, I forget. Sometime, I forget–a lot. But I have this graphic pinned to my wall to remind myself. Each time I looked at it, I have that same light bulb reaction and instantly pray.
I’m not there yet, but one day I will pray as much as I complain or as much as I worry. I’ve gotten good at the worry and pray, now for the talk and pray.