We Pray Too Much

There is this believe that Nigerians pray too much and we often leave too many things in the hands of God, and that is why we are in this mess. This analogy seems to fit the kind of people we are and even the Faithful would want to believe this is right but there is nothing like “pray too much”.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 ESV).

Pray without ceasing meaning pray without stopping, so how can what has been commanded to be done without stopping be too much? Prayers cannot be too much, rather it is not enough, if our travails persist, it is because we are not doing enough of prayers and work. Work? Yes! Work! Prayers would always need an anchor, and that is the effort (work) we put in to ensure we realize our goals. Prayers have to be supported with equal proportion of faith, however, faith is useless without work.

James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

So rather than the narrative to be “we pray too much”, the narrative should be “we don’t work enough to support the faith, our prayer needs”. This should be it. It is not on God rather it is our laziness and our continuous attempt to put all on prayers without a commensurate labor that is slowing us down. God hasn’t and wouldn’t fail in upholding His own part, we just need to do ours; give our best and expect (by faith) the best from Him. God loves us too much to fail us but He demands we put in work.

Let no one tell you, you pray too much, or that a particular situation doesn’t require prayers. Every situation does, whether it is science, legal, business, medicals, sports, politics, competitions whatever drives your situation would always and forever respond to prayers. You just have to put in enough work to support your faith.

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