There comes a moment when praying becomes a form of spiritual procrastination. It’s time to stop praying and start acting.
Peter Marshall believed in an action-oriented approach to Scripture.
I wonder what would happen if we all agreed to read one of the Gospels, until we came to a place that told us to do something, then went out to do it, and only after we had done it…began reading again?…
Pray about everything. Then pray some more. But at some point, we have to quit praying and start acting.
We are called to pray about everything, but there comes a time when praying can be a form of disobedience, laziness, or negligence. We can’t just pray like it depends on God; we also must work like it depends on us.
(Draw the Circle pgs. 156-157)
Spiritual procrastination. Anyone else been there?
I think we all have. Our human nature is procrastination. Some have it worse than others. I am one of those some.
I feel like Paul:
Romans 7:15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.
Why do I put off the things I know I am supposed to do? Why do I procrastinate spiritually? Most of the time, the very thing that I am putting off is not nearly as bad as I thought it to be.
What am I missing out on by continuing this procrastination?
My prayer for today:
God, help me to act. Speak to me, help me to hear Your voice. Give me Your ears and give me a boldness to react to Your instruction. I know that my tendency is to procrastinate. I ask that You help me to change – from the inside out. Change my heart, change my ways. Let me start anew today with a new approach and a new perspective. Thank you for your faithfulness to hear our prayers and to work in our lives – give us an extraordinary life – we won’t settle for normal anymore. Thank you, Lord!
Praying for you all and your week ahead. Let’s go act on what God is speaking to each of us!