James 2:14 – 17 – ‘What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.’
Prayer is a wonderful thing – God can move mountains. However, as James points out, it is ridiculous for us to wish people well – even to pray for their health and wellbeing – and not be willing to come to their aid! Our faith needs to be accompanied by action.
Imagine this. You interact with a friend who indicates that they are struggling to keep on top of their finances and that money is tight for food. You wish them well and say you’ll pray for them. And indeed you do! You pray for God to provide a means for them to have enough finances and also food in their stomach. What if you were supposed to be that means?
Some people we can pray for – and this is all that we can do. Others, we may be in a position to help out in deeds as well as words. Prayer is a wonderful thing, but don’t feel that it is all you can do for others. Be a wealthy Christian. Make sure your fervent prayer to bless others is accompanied by action when you are able to. Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.
Wealth tip – God is the provider and overseer of our finances; He will provide what we need and more if we are willing to invest it for Him.
- Free Faith Resource – Bible for Kids (Free Download)