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Is praying practical?

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A friend recently posted on Facebook asking people to pray for Kenya as many Christians there are having a really hard time.

I agreed that prayer is needed but added.

While you are praying for Kenya please also ask God if he wants you to do something practical. You can help feed and look after vulnerable children at a Christian children’s home in Kenya. See http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

I was pounced on because someone thought my comment suggested that prayer is not practical.

That was not my intention. I believe God has commanded us to pray and that He hears and answers prayer.  So to help clarify my meaning I replied as follows:

Praying is very practical!!!

But frequently God also expects us to act. See James 2:17 and John 14:15. In Joshua 7 where we have the account of how the Israelites were in trouble. They were in danger of being destroyed. Therefore as their leader Joshua did the ‘spiritual’ thing. He called a prayer meeting. You can read his sincere heartfelt prayer in verses 6 to 8. Oh how he prayed. He tore his clothes and he cried out to God for help. In fact we are told that he remained in prayer the whole day.

Was God pleased?

No!
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God responded by saying Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Verse 10. God said you don’t need to pray you need to obey. You know what you have done wrong. You know that there is sin and disobedience in the nation.
Stop praying and start obeying. Then I will be able to bless you.

In the light of this I suggested that the person also read  James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
James 1.27

That is one of the reasons why we run Christian House Sitters. It enables Christians all over the world to have a vacation that they may not otherwise have been able to afford and all the income goes to looking after vulnerable children at a Christian Children’s Home in rural Kenya.

So may I ask you to do something practical  in addition to praying?

Have a look at the 2 websites.

Ask God if He wants you to benefit from Christian House Sitters. http://www.christian-housesitters.com

Ask God if He wants you to help us provide for these needy children. http:@@www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

Then do what he says.

Finally please tell your friends, family and church.
The Craft Stand

Last week one lovely lady had a stall at a craft market selling things that she had made and then she gave the proceeds to TLC Children’s Trust to help the children. This is a picture of her stand. We say a big thank you to her.
God bless you,

Ray

 

We are part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website www.christian-housesitters.com God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

6 responses »

  1. Hi Ray, This is the world !! there are always those ready to criticise be hurtful, argue , complain……ad infinitum!!! Sigh….I go the the other extreme, I hope, and always strive to keep a good attitude, and be gracious no matter what, my daughter in law decided never to have anything to do with us. That was five years ago, almost every day I command Gods blessing on her, and wait for a miracle of reconciliation. I say this because I was once not a Christian, and maybe rather like your anatomist, re prayer!! When Jesus found me and changed my life, I was so immature and naive. I used to pray earnestly, yes very very earnestly indeed, then one day I found myself answering my own prayer…..It was then I realized just what you wrote about moving our feet in response to our prayers. I smile today when I think how kind and gracious God has been toward me in my life.

    Angie Clifford

    Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:47:25 +0000 To: angieskitchen@hotmail.co.uk

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  2. This story came to me a while back in the early hours of the night. It feels like another aspect to your post.

    One day
    a man needed a hole in the ground.
    A big hole, measuring 2 metres by 2 metres and 1 metre deep.
    He loved the Lord his God, so he prayed:
    “Dear Father, please create a miracle for me.
    I need this hole badly.
    Since you already know all my innermost thoughts,
    You already know how badly I need this hole in the ground.”
    Then he waited, full of faith.
    And he waited.
    He looked at the ground in front of him.
    It looked the same.
    So he waited full of faith.
    The hole would come.
    He studied the earth, had it moved?
    He waited, because he still had faith in the Lord his God.
    The hole would appear.
    After days of waiting and studying the unmoving earth,
    he began to despair and doubt began to creep in.
    There might be no God.
    If there is a God, he’s not listening to me.
    What have I done that he’s not listening to me?
    It’s not true that God hears our prayers.
    Why shouldn’t He answer this simple prayer?

    Eventually, he stood up and began shaking his fist at the sky.
    “God, God, you don’t listen: even if you do exist!
    You promised and Your promises are empty!
    You claim to have created the world, yet You can’t make a simple hole for me!”

    Eventually after much screaming and ranting at his total betrayal, he sank down exhausted.

    All he had believed in, was a lie.

    He rolled later onto his side in misery.

    He noticed …

    that somebody had left a spade propped up against a nearby bush.

    He got up, marked out the square on the earth.
    He had a strong back and strong arms.
    It took a few hours, but the hole was finished.

    Had his prayers been answered?
    Those urgent prayers had been answered all along;
    he just wasn’t listening and looking for the answer.

    Has your answer already come?

    Charles

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  3. Your post about the interaction between payer and practical has jogged my memory further 😉
    I was enjoying a Christian holiday for children in the ’60s in England. We were on a day out. The driver of our car gave us advice as she drove, “If you think an accident is imminent, take your hands from the wheel, your feet from the pedals, close your eyes and pray fervently.”
    OK, praying is practical in that situation, but also ignoring what our Lord has already given us to fix the situation is not.
    This is an old, old story. It is the story from Matthew 4 or Luke 4: “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Or back in Deuteronomy 6:16 and …
    How do we read the interaction of prayer and practical action? As Ray has pointed out, they are not exclusive, they are part and parcel of the same course of action. Look back at how God has acted in our world. Try Joshua 5, for instance. Did God blast Jericho with thunderbolts? No, he gave assurance and specific instructions to Joshua – who then took practical action.
    So don’t ‘tempt’ by seeing if our God will take action unilaterally, when He has probably already equipped us with the answer to that prayer, in order to actually do something to have that prayer answered.
    If you don’t have £25, you can still make a lot of difference. Open a free Google+ account, share these posts on Facebook and Twitter. Sharing will reach people who have more than £25 or who can contribute in other ways, like sharing again, and …Try Hebrews 13:16
    “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have.”
    Don’t tempt, act and tell 😉
    Praying: Doing. Ray makes sense here.

    (op8@pi8.com)

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