If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.” – 2Kgs 7:4 KJV
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Prayers remain effective tools in seeking divine support for one’s undertakings or divine provision for one’s needs. Christians are actually encouraged to pray at all times (1Thess. 5:16) and there is no doubt that this is being practised by most Christians all over the world today. This advise in support of prayer has however being taken to a different level among most Christians today as the impression is given that prayer and continuous prayer is all that is required to overcome difficult situations and this has made religious buildings the second home of many today.
This has also produced many failed Christians as it gradually becomes clear to all that prayer will not give you that request but will help you to achieve that request or desire. There is no individual called prayer that will show up one day in the place of prayer to grant that request. The one praying will still be expected to appear physically at the point where the prayer will be granted to receive the result of prayer.
The prayer of the people living in Samaria asking God to save them from the famine that is ravaging their land had long been heard going by God’s message through Elisha to them informing them, of the famine not only ending in 24hrs, but that there would be surplus within the same time frame. The people however remained at the place of prayer and so were not even physically prepared to witness this promise come to manifestation.
One then begins to wonder how they expect to receive the request made in the place of prayer if they refuse to leave the place of prayer. Was this a case of ignorance in prayer or limitation of God to specific, known and traditional ways of His manifestation.
That was not the case with the lepers. Faced with the same situation of famine and definitely also seeking divine intervention, they thought about the options they had which was three in this instance. All options had death as a possibility but they had to look at the option that was less likely to produce death. Now these were people who were considered spiritually unclean and so less likely to have any spiritual ability so it is likely they were applying their God given wisdom to take a decision on the next step.
Of course God’s answer to the prayers of the people was outside their environment but since they wanted to pray alone and not watch (Matt. 26:41), they could have missed this great miracle that was supposed to take them out of the life threatening situation that they are in but for the steps taken by the lepers.
God still expects man, in seeking solutions to challenges of life, to;
1. Use his thinking ability to decipher the direction where answer to prayer will come from.
2. Take a decision and act on moving in that direction.
3. Spiritually discern possible obstacles and
4. Seek godly solutions that will clear the path for the timely arrival of the response.
In deed one needs to say prayers to God to overcome that situation that has become challenging but one cannot spend all the time in the place of prayer. The advice given by Jesus is to watch and pray and not, pray and pray. God still expects you to apply the basic wisdom he has given you to draw out plans based, on human knowledge which you may seek his approval on, before and during implementation. God also expects you to take a step of faith in implementing these plans. That is when you will most likely experience His intervention.
The lepers who were spiritually unclean weighed their three options and their choice led them into God’s miracle because they acted on their plan. There is a miracle waiting for your arrival and until you move, the miracle will not manifest because God will not move. Pass through the place of prayer on your way out of that situation but do not remain there as you will end up believing that God is not true to His promises.
May God grant you the wisdom to think out a divine strategy and the faith to implement them so that you can access divine solution already prepared for you in Jesus name. Amen.