We are the Answer
This is the way God carries on his mission of the kingdom of heaven: not by the words with which he answer, but by our being the answer to the problems of our needy world comes by way of person and by our continuing deeds. Abram was God's answer millennia ago. You and I are God's answers today. (J. Ellsworth Kalas / Adult Bible Studies, Winter 2011-12)
How many times do we pray, "Oh, God, help that person."? How often do we see a homeless man on the street and pray for him? How often do we see a woman who is hurting, whose daughter is suffering addiction problems, and we pray that God will help?
There is nothing wrong with any of that - it's all good. Sometimes, though, I thing we (I) stop there. We forget that pray is a two way street. God chooses to help through us. We pray that the person will be helped and then we don't listen when God provides guidance for what we are to do.
Don't misunderstand me. There are some issues that we cannot changes. There are some situations where our "help" would be detrimental. But there are so many where our action can make a difference in someone's life.
When we ask the question, we sometimes forget that we are the answer.