"Using Prayer as a Crutch."
Prayer is powerful, but it is not intended to be a crutch or excuse for not being hands-on in God's work. Pray for people as you are actively offering them help. Pray for ministries as you are actively investing your time and money into the mission. Pray for people to be saved as you are actively living a life that reflects Jesus in your own life. What will happen when God asks for an account of what He has given us?
I posted an opportunity for Christians to donate to an outreach event where we would share the Gospel with un-churched people in the community. We have had over 46,000 people attend these types of events and nearly 10% have asked Christ into their life.
However, when I posted this opportunity to donate, not one person donated; not even $5. On the other hand, almost every response claimed that they would be praying for us. Some even stated that they loved what we are doing. Yet, no one gave to support the mission.
How can we ask God to help an outreach, if we are not using what God has already given us?
Do we ask, "God help this ministry, but don't let me be the one to contribute?"
In the Book of Acts, we learn that the people of the church sold all they had to be sure no one was lacking anything.
Who are Christians? We are the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ works together to further the work that Christ has given us to do. Everything we have should be used for whatever God has purposed.
Scripture in this video:
'But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up. '
'So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.'