I once heard someone say all prayer should have legs. I completely agree. We as Christians should depend on God, we should pray and rely on his strength but our prayers should always result in some type of action. What is the action? Whatever action you can take. But God never calls us to sit on our ass, pardon my French. So if you say you have faith in Jesus, I say what action are you taking toward that faith? For me it took many many many steps of faith to escape my past. I am still fighting to be free of it. But I will never sit on my ass.
Now here is the tricky thing. We can take steps that are good and steps that are bad. This is often the reason I do not take a step. I am unsure of which step is the correct step. To me this has been what maturing in Christ means. It is learning how to discern what is the right step. Other people can help us, books can help us, the Bible can help us, mentors can help us, etc. These people/things can sometimes not even be Christian if they are specialized in whatever issue you have. For instance I do not go to my pastor when I have a tooth ache. No, I go to my dentist.
It is ultimately our decision which step we take but it is also the role of the church to help support, love, encourage and point people in the right direction. For we are often blind to what to do. Or at least I was especially when I was younger. I often went to people in the church for advice and direction when I was in a place of not knowing what to do. I find it incredibly sad I walked around clinically depressed for months, told a pastor I felt paranoid, had raging mood swings, went to multiple people for help and it was over 8 month before anyone pointed me in the direction of seeing a doctor, then followed up to see if I had actually gone. This is a sad reality.
When I think through my own journey I find that most my mistakes came when I was seeking God but had no one to ask for advice. Or I asked for advice but they did not give me any, they just listened and prayed. Or they gave me advice which was wrong because they never listened in the first place. For me in particular I am very bad at communicating. Especially with new people I do not know well. Some people are open books. Some are closed books. I tend to be open to a few pages but the rest you have to earn my trust to gain access. Not many people gain my trust. Furthermore past disappointments, mistakes and wounds makes me very un inclined to trust. This makes it challenging to ask people for advice since people make judgements based on very limited knowledge and understanding.
I know I am a rather complicated person with a complicated past. I am thankful that I have a husband who is, my person, which I ask for advice. I trust him. But more so I trust him to go looking to the right people for answers when he does not have the answer himself. My husband is not all knowing but he is persistent. We often rely on professionals such as doctors, counselors and lawyers for advice.
If you have faith in Jesus, you are praying and you feel stuck there should always be some type of action you are taking. God wants us to pray and have faith but he rarely calls us to sit on our ass. Have faith, pray but with faith comes action. Amen.
” James 2:14-26