Whenever there is a tragedy, similar to the recent events in Buffalo and Uvalde, many people take to social media to express their thoughts. More often than not, the posts are either demands for immediate change or offering up prayers and thoughts for the victims. Those on the side of immediate action express outrage at Christians who only offer up their prayers.
It is great to pray. But instead of waiting on others to act, shouldn't we follow what God is telling us to do? It's also good to demand change. But instead of firing off immediate thoughts, shouldn't we turn our thoughts over to God first and seek His wll?
This article in Relevant Magazine, "Do 'Thoughts and Prayers' Do Any Good", shows how prayer and action go together. We must turn to God in these times and not only pray for the victims and those affected, but genuinely seek Him out for guidance on how to enact change. There is a quote in the article from Mother Teresa-
“I used to believe that prayer changes things. But now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”
God is the One that moves us to act. We can make His will on Earth be possible. Sometimes, it's hard to follow when His will may not be ours.
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.- Philippians 2:13
Thoughts and prayers can work when, in the end, we truly seek His call for us to work for His pleasure.
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