Friday “Walks”–Praying Is Active, Not Passive

Photo Credit: P. Booher

Western culture, particularly the US culture I live in, is oriented toward activity. This inclination made its way into the church years ago. We tend to come for talent nights and Easter programs, but not so much for times of prayer. I’m sure there are different reasons for that, but I think one reason is the idea that praying is seen as “passive”, not “active”.

Praying is an active outgrowth of faith, because without faith that God is here and that He cares, you won’t pray. Why do I say “praying is active”? Consider Who you are praying to. God is the Creator of the universe, the One Who has ultimate power. He has the ability to meet needs, in whatever way He chooses, in His timing. Praying means touching the heart of God, asking Him to move on behalf of you or someone else, or some situation, close at hand or far away. Praying is the “fuel” behind people’s redemption; it’s the “fuel” behind physical, mental and emotional healings; it’s the “fuel” behind the meeting of material needs, and the “fuel” behind countless large and small ministries. Sometimes God uses those ministries to meet needs people pray about.

Praying is active–look at what results from it!

Some Scriptures: Hebrews 11:1,6; James 5:13-15; I Thessalonians 5:17; Luke 18:1-7

P. Booher


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2 responses to “Friday “Walks”–Praying Is Active, Not Passive

  1. Well said Pat. Prayer is definitely the most active thing we can do in any situation. I am reminded of the story of George Muller when the orphanage had no food for breakfast; he set the tables ready and sat everyone down to pray, and God provided food in that moment by a Baker burdened to deliver fresh bread that morning, and milk from a milk cart broken down at their front door!

    • scribelady

      Yes, I remember reading or hearing that story. That story refreshes my faith. Prayer opens doors we don’t even know are there! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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