A lot of times, we come across opinions that seem to make light of prayers. In fact, I have also given opinions that people misinterpreted to be making light of prayers. The problem is usually that religion makes it seem as though prayer is the solution for everything.
For example, you can’t build a house with prayer, you can’t go to the mall and pray down groceries, you can’t walk into an office and pray them into giving you a job. Yet, you can pray and charge yourself to boldness even before that interview.
Do we really need prayers to be successful or do we just focus on being skilful and getting better at what we do? Would that be enough?
The Bible says in Philippians 4:6
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
Somewhere else the Bible says in Proverbs 22:29
“Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.”
From the two verses we just read, you can see that there is the place of prayer and there is the place of competence. When it calls for prayers, pray. When it calls for work, work. There are those times you need ideas, assurance or a sense of peace.
As a believer who has been united with God, you have every right to pray, thank God and tell him what you need. Sometimes, we pray not because we are looking for solutions or because we expect an instant miracle but because there is this peace that clouds our hearts and mind whenever we pray.
If you are preparing for a job interview, you can pray while getting yourself prepared and familiar with questions you’d likely be asked. If you have a brand idea, you have every right to pray even while taking the required steps. Prayer supplies you with inner strength, motivation and assurance but prayer alone in itself is not enough.
Now you may say, “but the world richest men and non-Christians didn’t obviously pray their way into success”. That is true on a level but it is also important to know that there are also people who do not pray who are still poor while there are also those who pray and are very successful.
Like I wrote earlier, we do not replace the place of diligence with prayers, we rather add prayers to our diligence. We will always fail if we pray enough but lack competence and are unwilling to learn. You just don’t have to start comparing yourself with those who do not pray. Your target shouldn’t be to like the richest men in the world, your target should be to become successful in what you do and you may need prayers to stay at peace and consistent even in trying times.
Yes, Bill Gate didn’t build Microsoft with prayers. But you are not Bill Gate, you may never have the opportunities Bill Gate had, you may never have access to what he had access to. You may never have had Dangote’s kind of father and uncle. Your fight is different and if you are a Christian, you have an advantage because when it seems there are reasons to be worried, you only find reasons to pray.
When you understand that your fight is different, you’ll understand that what worked for them may not work for you. Their stories are not your stories, their backgrounds are not your backgrounds. You may do what they did and still never get the results they got.
Since you do not have some of the advantages they had, you should rely on what you have and if you are a believer, God is one of the persons you have. Ask for ideas, ask for direction, ask for provisions and depend on him. More than these things, make your needs known to him.
Bill Gate fought his own fight the way he should, now you must fight yours the way you should. Just like dropping out of school may be the beginning of your failure but it may also be the beginning of another person’s success, prayer may also be the strength you need to stand strong despite the storm.
When you understand that your fight is different, you may stop copying the formation and strategy of some people because it will not work for you.