We think we have to do more. God says, “Ask, and it shall be given.” (Matt. 7:7)
Our world tells us that the one who works harder than the next guy wins. God says, “Call Unto me, and I will answer thee.” (Jer. 33:3)
The powers of evil give us more opportunities to stay busy. God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Ps. 46:10)
We fill our schedules, write our next action lists, and draft our calendars. But there’s something more to ministry than activity.
The Christian ministry requires a power that cannot be given by more human effort. It requires God to work.
The paradox: To do more as a Christian, you sometimes have to do less, so you can pray.
The early church didn’t have the systems, technology, or means of communication that we have, but they had great power and saw a great spread of the gospel.
One reason… They prayed.
May we as 21st century Christians realize that the power is not in the tweet, the facebook status, or the blog post. It’s not in our system or the level of organization in our church body.
The power is in Christ, through God’s Spirit, from God’s Word, received by faith in answer to prayer.
Your family needs you to pray for them. Your pastor needs you to pray for him. Your church family needs you to pray for them. Your co-workers need you to pray for them.
We must pray.
Will you set aside one activity that yields visible, immediate results today so you can spend time asking God to revive your church and see more people come to Christ?
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so true, mark. and i am guilty of the “busyness.” do you read allison campbell’s blog? God knew i needed to hear this — twice in less than 12 hrs! 🙂 http://comeflywithallie.blogspot.com/2011/06/210365.html
That’s a good post.
I appreciated this from that post: “The people who know me and love me KNOW that I am a communicator. If I love somebody, I want to talk to them and hear how things are going, and I want to fill them in on every single detail of my life.”
Thanks for sharing!
+1 buddy. thanks for the word!