When Prayer Is Not Enough

6. PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH IF WE ARE NOT DOING WHAT WE CAN TO HELP

For the vast majority of us, we cannot change the system with a tweet or Instagram post. It can often feel like we can do pitifully little to help or change the situations that cause our nation to grieve. But that shouldn’t stop us from doing what we can.

Andy Stanley has said, “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” You may not be able to do much, but you can do something. Shine the love of God to the people around you. Speak up for justice for the oppressed. Stand for peace for all sides. Show God’s graciousness and loving kindness to all you interact with. Be a voice of hope in a world mixed with pain.

The Bible says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:17).

James warns about this earlier as well, “Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” (James 2:15-16).

So don’t just pray if you can something for someone. Do what you can.

IF YOU HAVE DONE THESE SIX BIBLICAL COMMANDS, DEDICATE YOURSELF ANEW TO PRAY AND CALL ON GOD ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION.

Pray and trust God to do what you cannot do. Because God is much greater than man, He can help in our pain like no one else can. God can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime. I’ve seen it over and over again with my own eyes. God is always working, and redeeming what the enemy meant for evil.

Tragedies will always arise on this earth, but we will always arise to pray and to shine God’s love and truth.

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Matt Brown
Matt Brown (@evangelistmatt) is an evangelist, author of Awakening and founder of Think Eternity. He and his wife Michelle are impacting millions of people with the gospel each year through live events and online. They also minister to more than a million followers on social media daily.