Thoughts, prayers and action are not mutually exclusive. They can all still exist together. You don’t have to abandon praying in order to get action.
Thoughts and prayers ARE action!
Thoughts and prayers should also LEAD to wise, God ordained action through the prayers. God is a God of action, through praying people…
James 2:14-17 (NKJV)
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
That’s why the “Our thoughts and prayers are with you” platitude causes some problems…
To many people, that’s all it is, a nice platitude…the right thing to say at the time.
Too many people say it, but don’t pray.
When and if they do pray, are they praying according to God’s will, or for Him to act according to theirs?
When they do pray, are they praying in humility, or telling God what to do?
When they pray, do they really have faith and believe?
James 1:6 (NKJV)
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
And most importantly, is their prayer to the LORD God of Israel through our Lord and Savior, Yeshua, Jesus Christ?
Don’t let the enemy diminish the power of your prayer to meaningless, empty words.
The next time you tell someone, “My thoughts and prayers are with you”…
Pray for them…
Pray for wisdom…
Pray for God’s will to be done…
Then do what is within your power to help.