The East Africa Living Encyclopedia opines that 70% of Kenyans are Christians while the rest adhere to either indigenous, Muslim, Hindu, or other minor religions. The good book says in Psalms 14:1 that the fool says in his heart, “There is no God”. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
We have become a praying nation and this is a good thing but we must go beyond the praying to see the results. First, understand that we must not engage in insincerity as we pray. It is useless to pray what you don’t really mean or without thinking about what you are saying. The good book says in Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. When for example you pray on matters of corruption do you act or do anything against the same or continue stealing and going back to pray? This is simply being insincere on your part.
Prayer cannot do what you are expected to do as a human being. For example, you must write a good curriculum vitae and apply for jobs even as you pray for the good book says Faith without actions is dead. You cannot sit and do nothing and expect things to happen. Many times we are waiting on God to do something but God is waiting on us to move.
I am of the opinion that prayer does not relieve you of your responsibilities. You must do what you should do for things to happen. Prayer is not a substitute for working and doing what you are supposed to do. It is not a substitute for living a careless life and not doing the right thing if you are in a position of leadership. It is idiotic to start and end a meeting with prayer and thereafter do the opposite of what you prayed about. Stop running away from your responsibilities and hiding in “prayer”.
Are your prayers sincere and for the right motive? Is your prayer accompanied by action? Praying we must pray and continue praying but we must also act! Moses in Exodus 14 had to stretch his hand over the red sea to part and Naman in 2 Kings 5 had to wash seven times in the Jordan to be cleansed of leprosy.
Finally, I leave you with these words from the good book; James 2:17-18 17 So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective]. 18 But someone may say, “You [claim to] have faith and I have [good] works; show me your [alleged] faith without the works [if you can], and I will show you my faith by my works [that is, by what I do].”
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Dr. Mary Mugo
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