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Why You Need To Stop Praying…

For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.    1 Corinthians 2:16 (NKJV)

I know most people read the title of this blog and thought I was crazy. I promise I’m still a Believer, I love Jesus and I’m not renouncing my Christianity. I’ll admit the title was purposed to be an attention grabber but I honestly couldn’t find a better way to express the subject matter that has been on my heart recently. In essence, I’m writing this blog not to stop you from praying altogether, but to encourage you in 2016 not to use prayer as a crutch.

I’ve had several conversations recently with different people who all mentioned needing to pray about something that I just knew didn’t necessarily need prayer as much as it needed action. Instead of using prayer as the means of getting prepared and equipped to go and do, I realized it’s become an excuse for inactivity. For example, I don’t need to go and pray about whether I need to serve in my local church and community; of course I do! I can read in 1 Corinthians 12 that I’m a part of the body of Christ and as a member of that body the other members have need of me. These are the kinds of prayers I’m addressing when I say it needs to stop and those are precisely what we can’t afford to continue doing in 2016.

I think there are 2 reasons we’ve somehow delegated prayer to the position of scapegoat rather than the powerful connection to God that it is:

   1. We’re unable to discern the difference between God’s voice, our voice and the enemy. When I started writing my book in 2014, I didn’t pray about whether or not God wanted me to write it. He placed on my heart to encourage people who were waiting on Him and I already knew that neither my flesh or the enemy would tell me to do that. I didn’t need to go backwards and pray and wait for a ‘confirmation’. I got started writing and then He led me through the whole writing process. People spend too much time second guessing God and His instructions when as believers we’ve been given the mind of Christ. We expect God to speak from outside of us so then we get confused on if it’s us or Him when we have an idea. Sometimes thoughts and ideas spring up from the inside of us because Christ is literally in us. Do you have an idea for a ministry or how to help your church or community? Don’t sit still while you second guess it in prayer. I can guarantee you the enemy won’t be giving you any ideas to win souls or bring glory to the Kingdom so start doing some research and pray for instructions on how to carry it out rather than whether or not you should do it.

For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.    1 Corinthians 2:16 (NKJV)

   2. We’re lazy! I know most people wouldn’t characterize themselves as lazy but it’s true. We say we’re praying because we don’t want to do the work that’s involved in living for Christ. We pray in faith but we should also expect God’s instructions on what we need to do. Priscilla Shirer put it perfectly when I heard her say that God placed His promises not in our hand but within our reach. It’s like asking God for a job but not putting in any applications. We have to engage in this process, God is not a genie dropping blessings in our laps at the snap of a finger. We have a part to play, so seek His direction and then get up and go.

But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? James 2:20-22 (NKJV)

I believe this is a very important topic because I know I’ve been in a position where I was praying to God for answers about what to do and I didn’t receive any. Looking back, I know I didn’t receive an answer because I already knew the answer! I didn’t need to pray about it more, I needed to add some work to my faith. There are certain aspects of things we need to pray about but make sure you aren’t praying about things out of fear or just to stall for time on the things you know God wants you to do.

If you haven’t read my blog Pregnant With Purpose make sure to check it out. I just know for a fact that this year God wants to birth some things in our lives but we will miss out if we refuse to move. Most people don’t accomplish their goals because they simply remain a list of dreams and never become actions. Make sure you’re always taking daily actions towards the assignments and things God has called you to do. Success requires diligence and diligence is a constant effort. He blesses the work of our hands so give Him something to bless! (Deuteronomy 28:12)

I want every person that reads this to make a decision today to exercise wisdom in their prayer life and faith walk. Far too many people are sitting idle while ‘praying about it’ when there is so much work to be done in the Kingdom. We’ve been given an opportunity to partner with God to fulfill a great assignment in the Earth and He will operate with us at the level at which we are willing to actively engage. Go into prayer to get your strategies, instructions, etc. but make sure you pray AND do the good works Christ has called you to in 2016 (Ephesians 2:10).

Be Encouraged,

Nia

P.S. I opened my business PurposeMasters because God gave me the gift to help people do 3 things: organize their ideas, establish their plans and operate in excellence. If God has given you an idea for a business, ministry, book or anything else but you don’t know what to do next, send me an email at info@purposemasters.com for a FREE 30 minute consultation that will help you see that vision come to pass in 2016.

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