Updated: Oct 1
In our walk with God, we have an active role to play in living a Christian life that is pleasing to God, obtaining answers to prayers, living in victory, and fulfilling the destiny God has ordained for us.
You have an active role to play in obtaining miracles and breakthroughs. This may come as a surprise to many who have trained themselves to rely on God for everything, after all, God is all-powerful.
Yes, we as Christians all rely on God for everything, we actually do. But there is a role for us to play to make things happen.
Take for instance the subject of prayer, Jesus said in Matthew 7: 7 – 8 (New International Version)
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
And Jesus also said in Matthew 6:8 that God, our Father knows what we need before we ask Him “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Why then are we required to pray? Why did Jesus say we should ask and we will be given?
God is sovereign and rules over the affairs of man (Daniel 4:17) but we have to invite God to intervene in matters on earth, hence the need for prayers. Lots of it! Remember that God also said in His Word that we should bind, loose, and command things to come to pass. This is indicative of the role we play on Earth as His own children. We have to play an active role.
Matthew 18:18-20 (New International Version)
18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
To be a victorious Christian, you need to play an active role.
Here are some scriptures that demonstrate the active role man has to play to bring God’s divine plan to pass.
I. God Needed a Man to Till the Soil (Genesis 2:1-8, ESV)
In the book of Genesis, the Bible says:
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.”
God created man to work and take care of the land. This shows the significance of our actions and responsibilities in achieving God’s purposes.
Think about your life as a garden; what are the things you should be doing to bring God’s purpose and plans to pass? Pray about it and ask God to show you what you are missing, and what you should be doing that you have not done. Write down what the Lord begins to reveal to you, and speak to you about, and start working on them.
II. The King Needed to Shoot the Arrows Himself (2 Kings 13:14-19, ESV)
In 2 Kings, the Bible narrates:
“Now when Elisha had fallen sick with the illness of which he was to die, Joash king of Israel went down to him and wept before him, crying, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Draw the bow,” and he drew it. And Elisha laid his hands on the king's hands. And he said, “Open the window eastward,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot,” and he shot. And he said, “The Lord's arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Syria! For you shall fight the Syrians in Aphek until you have made an end of them.” And he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground with them.” And he struck three times and stopped. Then the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Syria until you had made an end of it, but now you will strike down Syria only three times.”
Here, the king had to physically shoot the arrows himself, demonstrating the need for our active participation in claiming victory. As a matter of fact, the prophet said the king should have shot the arrow many more times to obtain total victory.
What are the things in your life you have not done enough, or only done in half measures? Prayer, praying and fasting, study of the Word, serving in your local church, taking care of your family, loving others, working on your business and growing it?
Go back and shoot the arrows many more times.
Prayer and fasting is one of such things that people often fail to do enough. Jesus said in Matthew 6: 16 “when you fast…”. Fasting is essential for Christians to obtain victory in their lives. See the Bible account in Matthew 17 below.
Matthew 17:19-21 (New King James Version)
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Prayer and fasting is often referred to as the arrows of the Lord’s deliverance. So shoot as many arrows as you can, and then shoot some more till you have total victory.
III. Faith Goes With Works (James 2:14-17, ESV)
James underscores the importance of action alongside faith:
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
This highlights the emptiness of faith without corresponding action. If you are just believing and waiting for God to do something, ask yourself today, what should I also be doing that I am not doing? Pray and ask God to show you what you should be doing.
IV. Live at the Level God Intends for You (Romans 6:1-12, ESV)
Paul’s letter to the Romans says:
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.”
This passage reminds us to live righteously and follow God's path for us. In as much as we are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 21), we have an active role to play in being holy and avoiding sin.
How to Find Out What You Need to Do At Every Point In Time to Get Your Answers, Miracles, and Breakthroughs
1. Pray Prayers of Inquiry (Jeremiah 33:3, ESV)
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Pray and ask God to give you clear directions. John 16: 23 – 24 also assures you that as a follower of Jesus, God will answer your prayers.
2. Inquire Through Worship (Psalm 22:3, ESV)
The Psalms highlight the importance of worship in finding answers:
“Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.”
When we spend significant time in God’s presence worshiping Him, He shows up Himself, and He speaks to us on the issues of our inquiry.
3. Find Answers in His Word (Hebrews 10:7, ESV)
The book of Hebrews shows the importance of God’s word in our lives:
“Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’"
In God’s Word, you get answers to your questions, and you also get answers to questions you did not have, but God wants you to know.
In conclusion, to get your miracle and to achieve your expectations or to live at the level God intends for you, you need to actively seek God's guidance on what it is you must do, take responsibility, and act in faith. Spend time in prayer, worship, and study the Word of God to find out what you need to do. Your action combined with your faith will lead to the fulfillment of God’s promises in your life.
However, to take delivery of what God has for you, you have to become a bonafide child of God. You do that by surrendering your life to Jesus and making Him the Lord of your life. God will forgive your sins and accept you as His own, and write your name in the Book of Life. You will then begin a Christian walk with Jesus where you experience victory after victory.
If you would like to surrender to Jesus and make the Lord of your life, you can do so right now where you are right now by praying the Salvation Prayer out loud and mean it from your heart because the Word of God says in Romans 10 verse 10:
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
So pray the salvation prayer out loud and become a child of God right now. It will be the best decision you can make. You can trust Jesus with your life and destiny.
About the Author
Edikan Uko is an entrepreneur, and management consultant focusing on strategic management and innovation. She is a media owner and publisher. She is an alumna of the University of Strathclyde Business School. She is also a Bible teacher, speaker, founder of Arise Global Intercessors, and editor of LoveFaithandMiracles.com