I Used To Pray {31 Days of Anything – Day 4}

Have you ever met an “anything” person? Someone who understands a relationship with God that involves an active faith not a dead one… Who understands the words of God through James which call us to action…to do something… to let our faith ring out boldly.

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Have you met an “anything” person whose hearts was at peace despite many trials in and around them? Someone who lives in complete trust and honesty with their Creator and Maker? Who does things in faith that others admire but think impossible for their own lives?

While I’ve never met her, what I’ve learned about Mother Teresa seems to put her in this category in my mind. What I love about some of the things she is quoted as saying is that she showed what slight difference there is mentally between being a “normal” person and an “anything” person. For example, when she said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” The difference of thinking is slight, but the impact of that mental shift is great.

If we set out to do “great things” for God, often we turn back discouraged, overwhelmed, insecure, and defeated. However if our goal is to do small things while understanding and living God’s great love, God comes through in BIG ways.

Surfing through Pinterest the other day, I came across one more quote that has captured my heart and mind. First, it that shows that our faith is always a journey, a growing process, a learning process. Also that little shifts in perspective can have a big impact.

“I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.” Mother Teresa

Lord, draw me deeper into relationship with you that I wouldn’t just pray for you to fix the problems of the world but ask you to let me be part of the answer. Give me strength and faith for whatever’s story you want to write through my life. Draw me into the kind of prayer that changes me so I may change things for your glory and honor. Anything, God. Let my heart always say ‘anything for You’! Amen.

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