say a little prayer for you.

11 03 2011

Yesterday an earthquake measured ay 8.9 in magnitude killed hundreds of people. The waves reached 30 feet high in some places and swept inland almost 6 miles destroying everything in their path.

As I flipped through Facebook this morning to see what everyone was saying about the devastating earthquake, I came across a friend from Salt Lake who I dance with who said this:

“your prayers dont mean s*&@ and dont do anything.. if you really mean it, then actually do something..”

He was urging people to make a donation to one of the relief funds established.

I sat and thought about his comment.
He’s right… and wrong.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is based on action. We need to be doing everything we can to BE the answer to others prayers. Heavenly Father will often answer prayers through His children. You and I have opportunities daily to be the answer to someone’s prayer. My friend is right, the Japanese people need us to DO something.
Donating to a relief fund is a wonderful way to help. (Global Giving)
Paying your fast offerings is also a great way (because let’s be honest, we all know the Church is going to do some major recovery work over there).

But just because we need to act does not mean we do not need to pray.
Let’s not discount the importance of prayer…
“Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and authority of God, that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to their faith.” (Mosiah 27:14)

Prayer is just as important as making a donation.

So tonight, get down on your knees and say a prayer for the people of Japan – and tomorrow, find a way that you can do something to help.

? Prayer vs. action – thoughts?




2 responses

12 03 2011

I think I remember a story about Brigham Young having a sacrament meeting and hearing about a stuck (and starving) wagon train a few hours out from the city and in the mountains in a storm. I believe he asked for volunteers to go rescue them and then asked everyone who stayed behind to gather food and supplies for them. I’m sure Brigham’s quote was fabulous and direct. They always are. And it went something like this: They don’t need your prayers alone. They need food and shelter.

12 03 2011

I know exactly what story you’re talking about!! Great example!!!

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