Pray and Move

And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.”

Exodus 14:15

The Israelites finally got out of Egypt and were returning to their homeland. But on their way they arrived at the Red Sea. Talk about an insurmountable obstacle. There was no way to get across. They were slaves not sailors. Then they saw the Egyptian army was hot on their trail. What did they do? They prayed.
I love what God said to Moses: “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea”.
We live in a physical world and most of our decisions are based on what seems practical at the time. But on rare occasions God splits the physical world and reveals spiritual realities to us. We need to pray, the bible is clear about that but there comes a point when we also need to move. What is the plan of action? What’s the first step?
Maybe you’re praying, “Lord heal my marriage. It’s unraveling. My spouse is a mess.” Hold on. What about you? Pray that you would be the husband God wants you to be. Are you loving your wife as Christ loves the church? Why don’t you start there?
Yes, we should pray about trials when they come our way. But let’s make sure we’re doing our part. There’s a place for the practical, and there’s a place for the spiritual. They work hand in glove.

David Ball