Prayer without action

Dangerous stuff.

If you read my post last night, you might be excused for thinking that I was making prayer the be all and end all.

Of course, it’s anything but.

It is essential that when we pray, we should be listening to God, and ready to act according to his instructions.

Tim Hughes’ new song God of Justice puts it well:

God of Justice, Saviour to all
Came to rescue the weak and the poor
Chose to serve and not be served

Jesus, You have called us
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give

We must go live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go

To act justly everyday
Loving mercy in everyway
Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us, what You require
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give

Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out Lord

Of course, I have my own song about Micah 6:6-8, but hey. This song focusses us – it talks about not just singing (or praying, whatever – same problem, only I think most people would rather sing songs with everyone else rather than pray as such. Can’t blame them!)

It also fits in with what James had to say about faith without works being dead. If we pray and then don’t act in accordance with what God’s asking us to do, it’s pretty useless.

Challenging. Make sure I follow my own advice, will you?