Pray or Act? Work or Wait?

 Many times we wonder, whether we should act on something or keep praying about the matter, until God clearly tells you what to do next.

Some Christians pray and pray, but never do anything. And there are others, who jump into action, without consulting God in prayer. 

How do we know whether we should pray or act? How do we know when to wait and when to work?

It all starts with Prayer and abiding with Christ. The closer you walk with God, the more you will see God's leading and help.

We must pray without ceasing and also act on what God wants you to do. Never use prayer as an excuse to not act.

Sometimes we have to wait on God and sometimes we have to start working. How do you know when to wait and when to work? Sometimes, there God closes doors for our good. In that case, you should not keep knowing at that door, as you might miss the other doors that God opens. Sometimes God uses your circumstances to speak to you. When you know to do something good and have the resources to do it, you should not procrastinate, but act with God's help.

Golden Rules:

Don't start working without praying for God's guidance, strength and grace. Surrender your will, plans and dreams into God's hands. Let Him do what He wants to do with them. Always have the heart to say, "Thy will be done", even if it is too hard.
       Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.

Once you have prayed and got the idea of what God wants you to do, check whether it is in alignment with God's Word.
Psalms 119:105

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Once you know that the work that you are going to do and the steps you are going to take are not against the revealed Word of God, take the first step. Without taking action, you can never reach the destination that God wants you to reach. If you take action, even if you fail, God will use your failure and experiences in mighty ways. Let not the fear of failure or fear of loss stop you from fulfilling God's purposes for you.
Isaiah 30:21

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Trust that God will lead you and  keep going. Be ready to accept if God wants to you shift or cancel your plans and path. Ultimately we are not living to please ourselves, but to glorify God and fulfill His purposes for us.
Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Conclusion:

If you have prayed and are walking in obedience to God's Word to the best of your ability, and are truly seeking to know and do His will, you cannot miss out His will. But, remember that sometimes closed door, suffering and failure are part of His will for our lives.