In Wasted Prayer by Greg Darley, we get the opportunity to explore how our prayer lives can greatly impact walking in complete obedience. Is praying bad? Absolutely not. I think we can use prayer as our lifeline to get out of doing what God wants for us to do. We will say that we are “praying about it”, while our hearts are far from the thing that God wants us to do. God deserves complete obedience from us. The Bible is the Word of God. He has in many instances told us what He wants us to do.
…His power has given us everything we need to live a life devoted to God.
We have these things because we know him. Jesus chose us
by his glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3, ERV)
Often, we allow other things to get in the way. Fear, procrastination, isolation, and pride are just a few of the things that get in the way of our actively stepping out in faith, as we seek to be obedient to God. Instead of allowing those things to keep us from walking in obedience, we can choose to be about selflessness, community, and willingly going where God is calling us to go.
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and
your father’s house to the land that I will show you. So Abram went,
as the Lord had told him (Genesis 12:1,4a)
Early in this book, we are met with Genesis 12 and how Abram responded to God’s command to go. Often times instead of obeying God, we remain motionless. At a stand still. When God called Abraham to leave the familiar and go into the unknown, he went. He didn’t sit around talking with God about it. He willingly went.
Lately, I have been reminded that faith without works is dead. This is what Scripture teaches us (see James 1:22). This book further drives home this important point. Prayer definitely has a place in our faith-driven action. But, do we spend more time praying than we do acting on what God is wanting us to do? Are we simply praying for our neighbors instead of actually looking for opportunities to love them? The Bible has so much to say about our faith and acting on it. Prayer can actually hinder us from going forth and doing what God wants us to do if we are not careful. Praying about it is comfortable, but walking in obedience requires us to leave the familiar and go to the unknown- just like Abraham did. One verse that really hits home on loving others and praying is Proverbs 3:27. This proverb teaches us that this is certain to be true: “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.”
How is our faith? Are we able to see our faith and works come together? When we are told to go, do we actually go or sit and pray about it?
I was given a free copy of this book, in exchange for a honest review.