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Laziness & Prayer Do Not Go Hand in Hand

A few weeks ago, I put out a tweet that said the following…

“Covering laziness in prayer is not a spiritual discipline.”

It was retweeted several times; however, there were also a few people who said that the statement was confusing and asked for an explanation.  So here goes…

I believe that many people in the Body of Christ use prayer as an excuse for inactivity and laziness.

Yes, I am ALL ABOUT PRAYER!  I’ve seen Jesus do things through the power of prayer that would make a Methodist shout.

However, there are some things that we simply cannot “cover in prayer” and hope they will get better.  Nope, we’ve got to take action!!!  Things such as…

If you need to lose weight, you are not going to “pray the pounds away!”  It’s just not going to happen!!!  You are going to have to get your butt up off the couch and exercise.  You are going to have to stop slamming cookies in your mouth.  You are going to have to stop drinking 10 sodas a day!  You can pray all you want…but if you do not put action with your prayer, it’s NOT going to help!

If your marriage is in trouble and is on edge, then you are not going to “pray it back into a great place.”  You are going to have to start paying attention to your wife…and turn the TV off.  You are going to have to pursue her…and NOT just when you want something from her.  You are going to have to stop being a jerk.  And ladies, you are going to have to stop gossiping about your husband to your friends.  You are going to have to stop telling your children their father is a loser.

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Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.