Many times in the past has my body been laid up because of injury. I finally learned that just because I could not move and do normal daily activities, there was one thing I could still do, and that was pray. It may seem like it is not much, especially to someone who has little to nothing that they can do. Think about the parable of the widow and the two mites.
Luke 21:1-4 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
There were those who judged her, but Jesus sees that she has given all she had. Prayer is important, and right now I have been reminded that my body has it’s current limitations, and I am not able to to the simplest chores and even having difficulty feeding myself, but I can pray. I am not to think less of myself because I cannot labor in the physical, but in the spirit I can do all. Praying not just for my own needs, but for others through out the world and all of the needs of the people in this world.
Now for those who can do more than pray, I pray that you do all that you can, but please do not look down on those who have only prayer to give.
Answers to our prayers do not always come immediately. Sometimes we have to wait. If you plant a seed, do you immediately see what you have planted? It can take a fruit tree 3 to 10 years to grow fruit. If you plant a garden, you don’t immediate see what you have planted. Before you even plant your seed you have to clear the soil and prepare it for planting. Then you put the seeds in the soil, and then you water, wait, remove any weeds. Eventually you will see the seeds sprout, and the sprouts will grow into plants.
I have seen the answer to prayers immediately for some, and I have seen prayers answered years later. There are prayers that seem to have gone unanswered. God’s timing is not the same as our timing, a thousand years to us could be a year or less to Him. So just because your prayer is not immediately answered, does not mean it is unanswered. You just have to wait.
Psalms 27:13-14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Psalms 37:34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.