“All I Can Do Is Pray”

December 4, 2010 — Leave a comment


Have you ever responded to someone or a situation with the comment, “All I can do is pray…”?  I’ve said it many times before.  And to be honest, I think it’s one of the dumbest things I say.

Another blogger, Stephen Altrogge, inspired this whole thought for me.  He said, “When I say, ‘All I can do is pray’, what I’m really saying is…

  • All I can do is ask the omnipotent, almighty God, who holds the universe in His hands to work on my behalf.
  • All I can do is ask for grace from the God who gave up His son for me and adopted me into His family.
  • All I can do is stop trying to run the world and ask God to do something.
  • I can run most of my life on my own, but when it comes to this situation, all I can do is pray.
  • I’ve run out of things that I can do, and now I guess I’ll resort to asking God for his help.
  • For a while I had this situation under control, but now I’ve got to ask God to lend a hand.”

What a ridiculous statement, right?  All of a sudden, with this innocent saying, I am revealing my lack of trust in God, my doubt that He is who He said He is, and that I believe my way is superior to God’s way.

See my normal response is to do, do, do.

This person is in trouble? …How do I fix it?

Someone needs something? …How can I provide?

Maybe it’s time I start trusting in God.  Maybe God shouldn’t be my last resort.  And maybe I should trust that God actually is in control.

What about you? Have you ever said this phrase?  Do you think this reveals anything about you and your faith?

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Jonathan Sigmon


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