One of the activities that has helped me live with hydrocephalus is prayer. Has someone ever told you to “pray about it” and you wondered why you shouldn't just do something about it?
Sometimes we think that prayer isn't really anything but paying lip service to a custom. We think that praying about something important is not as useful as doing something concrete about it. In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (NASB) Jesus taught his disciples how to pray when they asked him to do so. He used verbs, action words, as examples of how to pray.
When you knock on a door, the owner of the door comes to your aid and opens the door to speak to you or let you in. When you ask, you are humbling yourself, recognizing your need and expressing the need to someone who can help you fill that need. A seeking person is actively looking for something or someone to assist her, whether it be by giving her knowledge or helping her lift a heavy load.
Jesus made it clear by how he lived his life that prayer is far more than just a nice custom. God wants us to actively bring our needs, desires, thoughts and feelings to him in prayer because he answers prayer. God is the god of action. If we ask, seek, and knock at God's door God will answer and help us find that which we seek. God may motivate us to do something we know would be helpful, but are reluctant to do. God may give us the humility to accept a friend's offer to assist, a friend who has been praying to know who might need God's love today. God will answer your prayer by answering his!
Prayer and action go hand in hand, as do trust and motivation. When we trust, we move forward confidently and with energy. We are motivated.
God is faithful. God will not fail us. God is worthy of our trust.