Friday, September 23, 2011
Working and Praying Every Day
Jesus spoke to his disciples saying: "...The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal every disease and every affliction" (Matthew 9:35-10:1). The Lord could see the need for workers who could bring in a spiritual harvest so He told His disciples to pray to God, and then, He prepared them to go out and work. There is a twofold call here from the Lord. Praying and working go hand in glove.
What we often forget is that God may want us to be a part of the answer to our prayers. He may want us to pitch in and serve as well as lift up the needs. We cannot expect God to do everything. He has, after all, called us to be His hands and feet on this earth as we serve others. Maybe you have never thought of your job as a ministry, but each of us is called to use our talents right where we are for God's glory. There is honor in each task when it is done with a heart motive of pleasing God.
Certainly God wants us to bring our requests to Him daily, but He also has called us to work in this world. As we pray for our job, it changes how we view the work we do. We are far more effective when we combine both prayer and work together. Be willing to put feet and hands on each prayer you lift up to the Lord. He desires for us to be a light in this world by our words and deeds. Remember: "Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you." Selah!
I welcome your thoughts and insights here. Thank you for sharing your encouragement. It is a blessing to me and others.