Prayer and Work

Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it. (Jeremy Taylor, 17th century English cleric)

To some people God is a last resort; prayer is a helpful “tool” when we’re desperate and seem to have no other way to resolve the conflict. Or, perhaps, it’s a project we’re really hoping will work out well, so we ask God for his blessing. While asking God for help, Taylor’s advice is equally important. Don’t ask God for something you’re not willing to work hard for.

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed. . . (2 Timothy 2:15)