Read and sharing: Praying and preparing

Read and sharing: Philemon- Pray and prepare

“And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.” (Philemon v 22).

A Bolivian aymara woman praying

A Bolivian aymara woman praying (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s one thing to pray for something to happen, but it’s quite another to be so convinced that God will answer your prayers that we actually do something in preparation for that prayer to be answered.

Paul told Philemon,

“Prepare your guestroom because I am on my way. I haven’t been released from prison yet, but I know I will be, because you have been praying.”

Imagine Philemon painting and wallpapering his guestroom. Someone asks,

“What are you doing?”

Philemon’s answer would be,

“I’m getting ready for Paul to stay.”

The reply,

“But he’s in prison!”

And Philemon finally responds,

“I’ve been praying – and he will be out soon.”

We need to work on having as much faith in answers to prayer as Paul and Philemon had.

They remind me of the prayer meeting when the church turned up to pray for rain. Only one lady brought an umbrella! Let’s be that one. Let’s be sure of the answers to prayer God will give. He has done it before and he will do it again. They may not always be the answers we want, but he will answer.

So prepare the guest room, pick up your umbrella, recruit some more Sunday School teachers, plan a mission trip. God answers prayer. Let’s be ready when it happens.

Sair Ching

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