A Little Pray, A Little Effort

Opinion

Praying without matching it with actions is just you fooling yourself. We Nigerians are so fond of this. We believe prayer is all we need. No! You just don’t need to pray, you need to work on it too.

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I heard about the wildfire in Southern California that has been burning nonstop for days now, and then I watched it and think to myself, sometimes we really need divine intervention. This where we pray!

Is prayer ever too much? Does prayer work? Is there anything like relying too much on prayer? Listen to Mother Theresa, “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts. I tell you prayer is like food for the soul. Have you ever noticed that after you pray you feel this sense of peace and relief? Growing up, my mother never ceased to point out to me the importance of praying. I grew up in a family where we said our prayers basically every morning and night, except for Sundays. The reason being to get to church early, but I think my mum was trying to give us a break.

I am not this most powerful Christian and I might not even qualify to talk about this topic, but I believe in the power of prayer, that also does not mean I am not realistic. Sometimes I forget to pray until I have a problem I must admit. But I don’t think I am going to be on the list of the people that don’t remember God until they have a problem, but then that’s not my point. Praying should be a habit but it shouldn’t stop you from doing what you are supposed to do. It’s just like the saying, “faith without good works is dead”. Praying without matching it with actions is just you fooling yourself. We Nigerians are so fond of this. We believe prayer is all we need. No! You just don’t need to pray, you need to work on it too.

There are many instances when you need to match your prayer with actions. You have a headache and a cold and you decide that you only have to pray about it. I didn’t say you shouldn’t pray! Pray away, but what happened to take some medication along with the prayer. We allow a little health problem to develop into something bigger because we prayed and forgot that God has made it easier for us by making sure medications exist. But, we are mostly hard to please; we want direct contact with God. Reminds me of a story of a man who was drowning in a flood and prayed to God. God sent him help in form of his neighbor in a car, then sent a boat, and a helicopter, but he turned them down, apparently, in his mind, God will reach down and pick him up. So the flood swept him away and when he died and went to heaven, he accused God of not helping and God replied, “I sent help in different forms but you refused to accept, I couldn’t have possibly done anything else”. So why not back prayer up with some action.

Now there are some situations that you just know only divine intervention will help, this is where you pray. Like Abraham Lincoln said “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” I believe you know that situation when you face it. Talk about the wildfire in California that’s been burning for days, this is where you pray! Talk about the hurricanes that have terrorised people in different countries this year,  is where you pray! Talk about your business failing multiple times for no obvious reason, this is where you pray! Talk about the constant feeling of unhappiness and helplessness, this is where you pray. Talk about humans killing their fellow humans in cold blood just because they feel indifferent, this is where you pray. Prayer helps and prayer works, but know that most times, you just don’t only pray, you have to also make an effort, really make an effort. Like Gandhi said “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is a daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

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