This publication is the response to one of the review questions for a live radio interview on my article: ‘What the Church Refuses to Teach About Christianity;’ the particular question was…
So when it comes to thinking and prayer, when does the balance come in?
Interesting question! It reminds me of the two friends who encountered a storm in the middle of a lake; one turned to the other and asked: “Should we pray, or should we row? In other words, should we pray, or should we keep paddling?” His wise friend answered: “Let’s do both!” The two should always be in balance; but let me quickly add that thinking alone is not enough, taking action is a very necessary part. Indeed, if you are not going to take action, then thinking may even be utterly useless! As a matter of fact, prayer is one of the components in the 8-Step Creative Thinking Process that we have been teaching. And by the way, all the good things we enjoy in life have been as a result of creative thinking.
We should pray 100% and also think and take the appropriate action 100% so that the average potency will always be 100% to give us perfect results.
To emphasise, Jesus spoke a parable in Luke 18:1, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, and 1 Thess 5:17 says that we should “Pray without ceasing;” so we have to pray always. But they never suggested (not even for a moment) that when we are praying we should not think and act. Indeed, James puts it plainly that, “Faith without works, is dead!” (James 2:14-26) And dead faith cannot produce desired results. I like how Abeku Adams puts it; that: “Prayer changes (builds) only the one praying. All other things must be changed by the one praying!” Though not absolutely, it holds true in most cases.
Even though the real essence of prayer is to deal with spiritual issues, most often through prayer we mainly receive opportunities; or our minds are opened to opportunities, so that we can take action in order to take advantage of the opportunities. Likewise, through prayer we receive directions through our thinking processes (inferring from Romans 9:1), and these directions are to help us to improve upon our actions so we can harness opportunities to our advantage even better. Ordinarily, prayer alone will not deliver any earthly or physical substance of value to you; miraculously.
This publication was the response to one of the review questions for a live radio interview on my article: ‘What the Church Refuses to Teach About Christianity;’ for the other review questions and responses you may click here.