I have often heard it said, in one way or another, that prayer is good but that ultimately you have to do something. Although I completely agree with that statement, I have to admit that in my own life, IΓÇÖm typically very good at ΓÇ£doing something,ΓÇ¥ even while the track record of my prayer life is dismal.
From my perspective, we are quick to act and slow to pray when it ought to be that we are quick to pray so that our activity is directed by the clarity and understanding we receive when God aligns our hearts with His.
Now, IΓÇÖm no car junkie, and I know very little about car maintenance, but I do know that proper alignment is essential to keeping a vehicle moving in the right direction without constantly pulling one way or the other. In the same way, alignment is integral to the life of the believer.
Prayer is about aligning our heartΓÇÖs preferences with GodΓÇÖs will.
When Jesus teaches the disciples to pray, he begins by saying, ΓÇ£Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, they will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.ΓÇ¥ Notice that before we petition God to meet our daily needs or to forgive our sins, we align ourselves with the glory of God and His will for His kingdom.
In your journey today, do you feel your soul pulling to the left or the right? Is your life full of activity but without clear direction? Seek God in consistent prayer, and He will align your steps with His purpose for your life.