Spiritual Practice

Prayer in Action

S’ambrosia Wasike

When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to prayer meetings with them every week. Observing various church members as they prayed, I attempted to model my prayer life after each of them. My mom cried when she prayed, so I thought I should cry. My dad liked to pace when he prayed, so I thought I should pace. The elderly woman we called a “prayer warrior” rocked back and forth when she prayed, so I thought I should rock back and forth too. People pray in all of these ways and more, but I’m learning that prayer is more than a specific posture.

It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

The singer Keith Green wrote a song that asks God to “make my life a prayer to you.” From this perspective, prayer is more than kneeling beside your bed. Prayer is the way you show the world that Jesus lives inside of you. You could ask the Lord to teach you how to be a better servant to others; or you could go to the nearest soup kitchen and say, “Lord, I’m here to serve.” Prayer, in words and action, is simply communicating with and serving God.


ACT ON IT: Challenge yourself to turn one of your prayers into an action today, and make your life a prayer to God.

—from devozine (May/June 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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