Isn’t praying enough? Why do I have to take action?
Saying that praying is enough is like saying that faith alone is enough. The Bible says that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-17). Jesus also taught us to “watch and pray” (Matthew 26:41). We usually close our eyes when we pray but Jesus teaches us to open our eyes so that we can see… and when we see, we should also be ready to act. Remember that Revo⅃ution is about change, and that change starts with us. We are the Revo⅃ution, and we are the change. The answer is in us. To illustrate, if the floor is dirty and full of rubbish, we can pray all day, but as long as we don’t pick up the rubbish, nothing will change.
Basically, it is pointless to just pray and listen without following it up with action. When we obey God’s prompting, for example, to be the mediator, to forgive, to go the extra mile, to refuse a bribe, to not gossip, or to love the “unlovable”, we are becoming His agents of change and transformation. God wants us to actively shine our light, because our good works are to be seen and to glorify God – and good works can only be seen if they are done. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”