Why Praying About It Isn't Always The Answer

There’s a trend happening in the Christian world that is keeping us from seeing God’s plan actually be lived out in our lives. Have you ever asked someone to commit to something, and their response was, “I’m going to pray about it?” 

"Want to join my Life Group?" . . . "Let me pray about it."

"Today, you have an opportunity to get baptized." . . . "I'm going to go home and pray about it."

Now, don’t misunderstand us. Prayer is powerful and is definitely something we should do daily to be in alignment with God. But often, those words become an excuse for inaction, waiting for God to do something for us or for a big sign that says to move forward. But if we look at any of the heroes of the Bible, we can see that each of them acted with the opportunity that God gave them, and it was actually inaction that God didn’t bless.

Often, the greatest holdup on what God is trying to accomplish in our lives is us.

We get it though. You’re afraid that you’re trying to lean on your understanding instead of God’s, but we can help you with that. Here’s a few ways for you to know how to act in God’s will without spending days, weeks, months, or years praying about it.

1) Pray daily.

The greatest way to avoid inaction when opportunities come up is to pray daily. We say this because God’s character says that He won’t give you more than you can handle and that He will prepare the way for you, and even if you make a wrong choice, He is still guiding you back to the right path. Prayer gives you the confidence ahead of time so that when the moment arises, you can confidently make a decision.

2) Talk about it with your spiritual mentor.

This is something that is so important but often overlooked. Having a spiritual mentor who you trust and who knows the inner workings of your life, takes the pressure off of you to have all the answers. Together, you can weigh the options and decide the path that leads you closer to God. (Tip: Pick someone who is where you want to be relationally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically in at least a year or more.)

3) Know scripture.

Chances are the choices that are in front of you have a scripture to help guide you. One of our favorites is in Isaiah 20:31 where it says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” This is a promise that no matter what you choose, God is on either side of the decision.

So don’t be afraid of your decision making abilities. Do these three things and no matter what God’s ultimate plan will win in your life.

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Champions Centre Writing Team

The Writing Team at Champions Centre is made up of volunteers who love to capture the stories of what God is doing to move lives forward.