People who live in a world of hyper-spirituality tend to live in fantasy land. Hyper-spiritual people tend to say things like this: “I’ll just pray and God will provide.” Sometimes we rely too heavily on prayer and develop an unhealthy dependence on it. God never promises that prayer will give us what we need. If we need money, we shouldn’t sit at home for weeks on end waiting for God to send us a thousand dollars from Heaven. Prayer doesn’t always provide for you. Productivity provides. We must couple prayer with productivity.
Proverbs 14:23 says “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk only leads to poverty.” Prayer doesn’t bring profit, hard work does. Don’t get me wrong, we should always pray. Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Prayer is necessary, but so is hard work. Sometimes YOU are the means to an end. If you need something, God uses YOU to be the primary provider. God also provides through others. If you are plugged into a community, God uses those you are in relationship with to help you. Obviously there are times when God miraculously provides through other means, but those exceptions should not be made the norm. Prayer should never be an excuse for us to sit passively in our spirituality. Prayer should be the assurance that our hard work will be rewarded.
God meant prayer and productivity to be married; the divorce of these two is dangerous. Prayer without productivity depends too heavily on prayer to provide. Productivity without prayer relies too heavily on self to provide. If you have a need, realize God will provide for you. This doesn’t always mean he will send you what you need from Heaven. It means that through you and through others, God will provide.