Which One Are You?

There's an old story told of two farmers who were in desperate need of rain. Both prayed for rain, but only one prepared his field to receive the rain. Which one trusted God to provide the rain? Which one are you?

I like this story, but it makes me a bit uncomfortable for I know that I often pray to God, but then do nothing until I find out if He will do His part. How foolish! God will always do His part, so the only question is whether or not we will do ours.

As I was thinking and praying in the disappointing aftermath of this week's election, it dawned on me: I was asking God for something that cost me nothing. In other words, I wanted Him to rescue me from the evil around me, without doing my part. For instance, have I really done anything to try to prevent the immorality that goes on in our nation? Have I done anything to try and stop abortion? Have I... prepared my field to receive the rain that I am so earnestly praying for?

Or, am I just expecting Him to do everything? This type of expectation is not faith, as some might believe, it is a hope for spiritual welfare. If we want God to answer our prayers favorably, then we have to be willing to do our part. So, go ahead and pray for your needs, God wants us to rely on Him. But, after we pray, we better get ready to receive the rains. 

Otherwise... what good would it do us, anyway?

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him?

James 2:14, NIV