Re:Verse reading–Joshua 7 (day three)

“What are you doing down on your face?”  When is it time to be done with prayer?  The answer is the one the Lord gives to Joshua: When prayer becomes a substitute for doing what needs doing.  Now, we do not ignore the Bible’s instruction to “pray without ceasing.”  We do, however, recognize the temptation to use prayer to stall for time, to keep confrontation at bay, to delay conflict.  If you’re honest, you know you would often rather ask questions of God than answer the question that has been put to you.  If action never follows prayer, to what end are we praying?  The steps will be faltering, awkward, arduous.  But so are a baby’s, and we cheer him on.  You’ve prayed.  Now what will you do?

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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