“If you want to be busy about something, be busy about prayer.”
– Kay Dewitt
I am a doer. I like to feel purposeful. I like to set goals, work hard and see results. I moved to Denver about 9 months ago and have found a church and am itching to get involved. The church had a new pastor start just around the time I started attending and we are in the praying phase of seeking the Lord’s direction for the Church.
That is essential, vital, foundational.
I, however, am ready to serve. To do. To feel purposeful.
Last week I was meeting with my mentor and we were talking about purposefulness, being useful to the Kingdom and the fact that I want to be more active. And she made this profound statement, “If you want to be busy about something, be busy about prayer”.
God wants our hearts before He wants our actions.
“For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice,
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
– Hosea 6.6
He does indeed want our service. In fact, he has prepared good deeds for us to perform since before the foundation of the world!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
– Eph 2.10
But He only wants us to perform good works through a heart that is fully devoted and committed to Him. And that through prayer.
“Pray without ceasing.”
– 1 Thess 5.17
Major movements of God in a city or in our hearts will be predicated by prayer. He will be glorified in the things that He does. And He uses His people who are clinging to Him and seeking His plan. And we can only know His plan by aligning our hearts with His, and we hear His heart through prayer and the study and application of His word.
Therefore we should not be quick to act. We should be quick to listen. And slow to speak (James 1.19). And when we hear, we should be quick to obey! To act without the instruction or leadership of the Spirit is to try to fill the need to be purposeful on our own. It becomes all about me, instead of all about God and His plan and His glory.
Therefore, let us be busy about prayer. Let us turn always, regularly, and earnestly to God to hear His instructions for our lives. Then, and only then, let us be busy to work. Don’t just act. Follow His clear leading. He will lead us and guide us every. single. day. And He wants to use us, as we are willing and available!