PRAYER AND ACTIONS
Date: May 21
Category: Faith Expressed Through Actions
"The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward! Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the Israelites shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea."
When the Israelites were coming out of Egypt, they saw the Red Sea in front of them. Behind them was the Egyptian army with chariots. When they were caught between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army, they became fearful. They thought they couldn't escape. Have you ever found yourself in a situation that looked impossible? Have you ever found yourself caught between obstacles and you didn't know what to do?
In verses 13 and 14, Moses said to the people, "Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest."
Now how did God fight for them? Well God said in verse 15, "Tell the people of Israel to go forward!" So the people of Israel stood up and moved forward. They didn't just sit there and take defeat. They cried out to God first, but then they took action. That's how we should approach our life situations as well. Whatever it is that is frightening you, face that obstacle head on.
Then it says in verse 16, "Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it…" So we ought to divide our obstacles into pieces and deal with it one piece at a time. That is when we will begin walking on dry ground. That is when we will see victory come.
There is a time for prayer and there is a time for action. In this case, it was a time for action. The Israelites had to act in order to escape the Egyptians. Moses had to raise his rod and when he did, God divided the Red Sea. Whenever you want to change your situation, you have to take action. Use what you have at your disposal, and you will overcome any difficulty you may face.
But sitting still and crying is only going to bring defeat. Yes, we should always cry out to God in prayer. But prayer should always move us to action. An old Latin saying from the Middle Ages says, "ora et labora." That means pray and work. So after prayer, the action that you should take is work. With work, you'll always overcome your difficulties. You don't go anywhere in life without work. So regardless of what obstacles you may be facing today, victory will come when you start doing the actions needed to succeed.