When you believe, act!
When we ask God for something that we know is in His will, we must also be ready to receive the answer.
When Hudson Taylor went to China, he made the voyage on a sailboat. As it neared the channel between the southern Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra, the missionary heard an urgent knock on his stateroom door. He opened it, and there stood the captain of the ship.
“Mr. Taylor,” the captain said, “we do not have any wind. We are drifting toward an island whose inhabitants are heathen and, I fear, also cannibals.”
“What can I do?” asked Taylor.
“I understand that you believe in God. I want you to pray for wind.”
“Alright, Captain, I will, but you must first set the sail.”
“Why, that’s ridiculous! There’s not even the slightest breeze. Besides, the sailors will think I’m crazy.”
Nevertheless, the captain finally agreed. Forty-five minutes later he returned and found the missionary still on his knees.
“You can stop praying now,” said the captain. “We got more wind than we know what to do with!” (Our Daily Bread, October 23, 1991).
Is there a situation where you need to put action to your prayers?
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see” (NET).