MONDAY, DECEMBER 31
PRAY AND WORK
Main Text:- Nehemiah 4:9 – But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
1 Corinthians 2:5 – So that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
Prayer is still God’s mighty force in solving problems today. However it does not play down on work, for prayer and work go hand in glove. That is why Nehemiah when he faced threats from enemies who wanted to frustrate his efforts to repair the broken walls of Jerusalem, instructed his people to pray and also posted guards to defend those working on the walls.
Through prayer God guides our preparation, team-work and diligent efforts to carry out His will. Nehemiah constantly combined prayer with preparation and planning. His people trusted God and at the same time kept vigilance over what was entrusted to them.
Too often we pray without looking for what God wants us to do. But we show God we are serious when we combine prayer with thoughts, preparation and effort. No wander Jesus instructed his disciples in Mk 14:38 to “watch and pray lest they fall into temptation”.
How easy it is to sleep or become careless in our Christian walk and work. For temptation strikes when we are most vulnerable, making us drowsy and helping us to let our guards down and become easy targets for Satan to strike (1Pet 5:8).
We need to be alert to the possibilities of an attack and pray to maintain vigilance. That is why we should pray as if all depends on God and work/act as if all depends on us. If we remain watchful and pray-for ourselves and others- the spirit will enable us to resist temptation.
PUT YOUR PRAYER TO WORK
Prayer – Almighty Father, deepen my awareness of the importance of prayer and work, and help me to combine them to your honour and glory. Amen
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