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PRAYER AND ACTION GO HAND-IN-HAND?

I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD. The maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip — He who watches over you — The LORD is your shade at your right hand, the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm — He will watch over your life, the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121: 1-8

Can I be honest? The start of this pandemic seemed manageable BUT as the weeks and months drag on, it’s hard to feel like we have control over anything in life anymore. And let me tell you — this helpless feeling we are experiencing is EXHAUSTING!!! But maybe, just maybe that’s exactly what’s intended to happen during this time. Perhaps this season is here to knock us down and push us closer to our Father, to remind us that prayer and action go hand-in-hand.

Bartimeus the blind beggar was marginalized, rediculed and rebuked, but still he continued to shout louder for Jesus even though the people around him were telling him to keep quite. Mark’s account of this tells us that the blind beggar, THREW OFF HIS CLOAK to go to Jesus. His ONE possession he knew he probably would not be able to find amongst the vast crowd. It’s as if he was saying, “I won’t be needing this…” Bartimeus believed that Jesus could heal him and that was why he cried out to Jesus. “Son of David have mercy on me….” Jesus not only healed his sight but saved his soul. Bartimeus immediately started following and praising Jesus…

Friends, How is your faith? Do you have outrageous faith like blind Bartimeus? I don’t know what personal battles you are facing right now, or what overwhelming situation is up against you. But know this… God’s grace saves us through faith, not through anything we can do ourselves. Just as Bartimeus was healed physically, we too can be healed spiritually when we come to Jesus by faith. And God hears our prayers, BUT still wants us to ask, Jesus knew what Bartimeus wanted, yet He asked, “what do you want…”Β 

Your faith is the key that unlocks miracles. Don’t give up, keep persisting and keep calling out to Jesus until He answers. Amen God bless.πŸ’•

Blessings and Love…πŸ˜ŠπŸ™β€

164 thoughts on “PRAYER AND ACTION GO HAND-IN-HAND?

  1. Dear Sister, your words echo my experience exactly! (“Can I be honest? The start of this pandemic seemed manageable BUT as the weeks and months drag on, it’s hard to feel like we have control over anything in life anymore. And let me tell you β€” this helpless feeling we are experiencing is EXHAUSTING!!!”)

    I was a dynamo of optimistic encouraging faith in March…gradually reduced to increasing depression each week/month (and crying jags last week). But you are so right–God is incredibly faithful, His love ever present–and somehow, between my tearful prayers of surrender (“change me!”), He showed up with a boatload of blessings, giving evidence of His love and favor…regardless of my pitiful, faithless condition. I’m ever stunned by Him–truly He never forsakes us, never says “get it together, and then talk to me”. HE LOVES HIS SHEEP CHILDREN, He’s committed to feeding and leading us, day by day.

    Another blogger had posted a C.S. Lewis quote, and I was so encouraged that I ordered several of Lewis’ books (received today!).

    Thank you for your post, your genuine authentic honest faith–you rock!! Blessings on your week ❀

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  2. Amen ! Luke 18: 1-8 encourages us to really persist in our prayers…great encouragement to read your thoughts too! Be blessed in your walk with Him – He will hold us fast. xx

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  3. It’s not just continuing to pray. Action truly is required to meet God half-way and be a co-creator in manifesting what you pray for.
    An OLD OLD joke from back in the 70s illustrates the point, and I’ll shorten it here for readers. Every day this nice older man would pray, “Oh God, please let me win the lottery… If you just let me win the lottery, I’ll never ask for anything else.” After this went on for an extended period of time, God finally spoke to him; “Hershel, meet me half way… But a lottery ticket.”
    I view it all as one of the many layers of meaning to “Faith without works is dead” πŸ™‚

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  4. Thank you. I agree, this pandemic has truly brought me closer to God and made me appreciate so much more in life. I never took anything for granted but in these times you realize how much you appreciate the smallest things. I believe like you things are done for us to either to or to turn from Him and I know in my life I will not make it without Him. Sometimes just a look towards Heaven is all it takes because He knows the rest. Be Blessed and be safe!!

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  5. Because God is sovereign, nothing happens by chance or without purpose. Perhaps the purpose for this pandemic is to wipe the smirk of self-sufficiency off our faces and drive us to our knees in prayer. Godly discipline may be painful at times, but God is always good, and He will preserve His people to the end.

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  6. As always right on time. Thank you. It’s weird, because literally in the last week I’ve been telling people, God πŸ™ hasn’t let you down before and He won’t. I just had a conversation with my husband saying, we’ve always had food on the table, mortgage always paid, lights on, running water, so what are we going to Walk around worried for. He’s always made sure we were ok. As my mom always says if you gonna pray then don’t worry. Thank you again and God Bless you all!!!!

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  7. It has indeed been long and tough. At first it didn’t seem difficult; I actually kept working for awhile. Then in May/June a hernia developed that needed surgery and praise God I was accepted for surgery in July (rather than a first date of October)! The last few months of healing have been slow and steady by God’s grace and mild depression has set in. I love the stories of those who give it all up for Jesus, like Bartemaeus, (how did he run when blind?? – amazing faith!). Praying for sustaining faith at this time! And a day when I too can jump before the Lord.

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  8. Amen So true.
    Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
    James 2:26 NLT
    You might have heard the saying “Love is a verb.” Love is expressed in action, not just in feeling. James is pointing out that faith is a “verb” too. Faith has to be expressed in action. Believing in Jesus changes our thoughts, yes, but it also changes what we “do”. It changes how we spend our money and our time. It changes the way we speak and the way we listen. Jesus makes a similar point. (See Mark 8:34-9:1). If we want to follow him, we need to follow his example – in our actions. That’s what he means when he tells us to deny ourselves and take up our crosses.
    So let James wake you up today. Take a moment to reflect on the ways your actions show the vitality of your faith and the ways they do not. Start the day by telling the Lord that you want to live out what you profess.
    God Bless You Richly. Great encouragement. πŸ˜Šβ€πŸ™πŸ˜‡

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  9. Yes and Amen! I believe during these uncertain times those who trust in the Lord and have faith that He is still in control, will not only survive through it, but will come out better than before it! I agree faith is the key. Thank you and may we continue to encourage one anotherπŸ™

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  10. Bartimaeus has always been one of my heroes from Scripture! A blind man, in the midst of a large crowd of sighted people, identified Jesus as Savior when he proclaimed Him as Son of David. The eyes of faith have perfect vision, when they are focused on the Perfect One.
    Blessings,
    Pastor Chuck

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  11. I have been a believer of God since I was little. I went to church & God has always looked out for my health & how I made it day to day. I had some small problems make a big one which I have fixed with God’s help in nutrition & keeping that nutrition going during these COVID-19 days since it has been here. I want to say that nothing works without taking the first step forward with God helping as a friend who helps the needy any time & anywhere. Thanks for your post.

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  12. Great Post! The Lord has been trying to get our attention for a long time. He wants us to return to Him in total and genuine repentance. COVID-19 is no surprise to our heavenly Father. This time should have caused us to look deep within and ask to be changed. Prayer is the most important gift we have for each other and ourselves. Prayer changes US if we allow it to change us. Prayer is the glue that holds everything and everyone together. Prayer brings us closer to the Lord. Everything is bathed and birthed in prayer! God bless you.

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  13. This is such a beautiful read, thank you! I’ve read the Book of Psalms regularly these last couple of months and the promise in Psalm 118:6 is so relevant in these times: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear”. Yes, our God is indeed a faithful God. Blessings πŸ™πŸ»

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  14. ” Perhaps this season is here to knock us down and push us closer to our Father, to remind us that prayer and action go hand-in-hand.” I definitely agree – I really do think this time God is wanting us to reevaluate ourselves and figure out what is truly in our hearts. I have definitely grown closer to God turning this time! Awesome post. Thank you for sharing and I have nominated you for The Liebster Award.

    https://heidyreynoso.wordpress.com/2020/09/18/1601/

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  15. Thank you ….I just read this blog and what you say is so pertinent at this time when we are anxious and scared. It is GOD who can hold our hand and help us come out of this pandemic…stronger and braver. Thank you for reminding us all that.

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  16. Very powerful and encouraging content.The word of God says those who trust in the Lord shall be like Mount Zion immovable and unshakable.Psalm 125.So no matter what is happening around you stay focused on what you are called to do,find people to solve problems for and love self and neighbour as yourself.There are deeper wells of abundance to be found in times of upheaval and uncertainty.May the lord open your eyes to see in Jesus name AmenπŸ™πŸΏπŸŒΉβ€οΈπŸŒˆ

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