By that I mean, God doesn’t always fix you in some magical single moment. In the ultimate sense God always helps you. The Bible says so. I’ve experienced it. You’ve experienced it. But sometimes your heart has a hard time believing it. Sometimes it seems as though God is doing everything else except help you.
When you pray and struggle and nothing seems to get better your faith is challenged.
- You are sick and in pain, and keep praying for God to heal you.
- You have more bills than money, and keep asking God to send you resources.
- Your mind wrestles with depression or anxiety, and you keep asking God to take it away.
- You struggle with an addiction to pornography or alcohol, and keep asking God for deliverance.
- Your marriage is in trouble, and you keep praying for God to fix it.
It’s always right to pray. Always. But sometimes that’s not all you need to do. Frequently you need to put legs on your prayers.
Frederick Douglas said, “I prayed for 20 years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” Perhaps it’s time to start walking!
Repeated scientific research on spirituality and health demonstrates that when facing tough stuff, those who see themselves working together with God come through their challenges with better wellbeing and spiritual resilience. Those who either try to do it all themselves or sit back waiting for God to do it all do consistently less well. It’s Philippians 2:12-13: God works, and we work. It’s you and God working together.