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Put Some Feet To Those Prayers

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 So I say to you, ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9

Did you notice there’s a process involved here? Jesus says, “Ask” and it will be given to you. There are answers waiting for us if we will but ask the question. There are blessings and promises that God has made available to us if we will simply get in His Word, discover them and ask. Many times when couples struggle in their communication one person will say, “Do I need to ask the question?” To which the reply is, “Yes, you do!” God is aware of our needs before they ever arise, but the asking shows our dependence upon Him.

Secondly, He says to “seek” and you will find. Sometimes God wants us to come up for some air from our praying and take a look around. I’m reminded of the story of a young man in the ministry who felt he lacked the fire and zeal that a Christian should have.  He determined to spend an intense time of prayer seeking the solution, but came away with sore knees and that nagging feeling that he still lacked that fire.  Later that day he was making some rounds in the local hospital and walked past the waiting room.  He paused for a moment and decided to talk to the people seated there.  Perhaps he wanted to minister, or maybe just find someone as lonely as he was.  As he began speaking with the different people he found they were glad to have the company and a listening ear.  The awesome thing was that before he left the hospital that day he had the opportunity to lead several people to Christ. It seemed he had left the hospital with the fire that he had apparently sought to no avail in his prayer time.

The great need of our day is to put some feet to our prayers. Audio Adrenaline’s song, “Hands and Feet” says,
"I want to be your hands, I want to be your feet. I’ll go where you send me. And l try, yeah I try to touch the world like You touched my life. And I find my way, to be your hands. I’ve abandoned every selfish thought; I’ve surrendered everything I’ve got. You can have everything I am, and perfect everything I’m not. I’m willing, I’m not afraid. You give me strength when I say…”
Whenever we as Christians wrestle with that uncomfortable feeling that we are not as on fire for the Lord as we should be, perhaps it’s time to get up out of the pews, get up off those knees and do something!

Finally, Jesus says, “knock” and it will be opened to you. After we have asked and got up and looked around sometimes we have to knock on that door and jiggle the handle before something opens up.  Yes God wants to answer our prayers and yes God wants to bless us for His glory, but He also wants us to put out some effort. 

There’s an illustration used of a man who was trapped on an ice flow and panicking he dropped to his knees in prayer, asking for God’s deliverance.  However, his friend on the shore could see that the ice flow was still close enough for him to jump to safety if he didn't wait too much longer.  God was answering his prayer, all he had to do was get up off his knees and jump to safety.

Isn’t it time we saw the connection between our praying and the ministry and mission God has given to us? There’s no better time to act than now. The great tragedy today is how we put off to another day the impulses and leading of God's Holy Spirit we receive today. Shouldn’t we be eager to be used by God in answering our own prayers? “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:16, 22-23

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