As a pastor for the last 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to sit in many prayer meetings. I have prayed a lot. I have seen others pray a lot. I’m pentecostal so sometimes these prayers meetings are rather loud and demonstrative. Over the years however, I’ve been witness to many praying people and praying churches that are not seeing growth or seeing people come to faith in Christ. Many churches that are dying are praying churches. Why is this?
On the flip side, I’ve also been a part of many serve initiatives. These are led by believers who’s mantra is “let’s get out and do something for Jesus.” Whether it’s helping widows, serving or passing out food or just sweeping streets, they are out there to demonstrate the goodness of God with prayer being somewhat of an afterthought compared to the work they get out and do. These churches are doing good things but at times, lack the life change that should accompany a Jesus following community of believers.
Don’t just seek Him, serve Him. Don’t just serve Him, seek Him.
This is a statement that needs to be considered by those who desire to make difference. And by make a difference I mean seeing people served and lifted, seeing people come to faith in Christ and seeing the cause of Christ advance in our communities.
You see, without seeking Christ, we lack the anointing of the Holy Spirit that makes our message believable. Without serving Christ, we become a bunch of people that are seeking the next feel good experience with Jesus while refusing the be His hands and feet.
WORK like it depends on us…PRAY like it depends on God