Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me?  Tell the Israelites to go forward.” Exodus 14:15

How many times do we pray, being careful to 1) Not pray for anything big or seemingly impossible; and 2) Not pray for any resolution to a situation that God might require us to be an active participant in the answer? The Israelites cried to God for years to release them from bondage from the Egyptians–but, as the Book of Exodus recounts, then they regularly complained about the ways God led them to freedom. As the waters of the Red Sea lapped at their toes, God told them that the answer to their prayers required them to move, take action, go forward.

A story by comedian Steve Allen is reprinted in the book “Holy Humor” by Cal and Rose Samra:

During an ecumenical gathering, someone rushed in shouting, “The building is on fire!”

The Methodists at once gathered in a corner and prayed for the fire to be extinguished.

The Lutherans began to compose a notice to be posted on the door that fire is evil.

The Congregationalists shouted “Every man for himself!”

The Catholics passed a collection plate to cover the damages.

The Presbyterians appointed a chairperson, who was to appoint a committee to look into the matter and make a written report  for possible action at the next session meeting.

God does not expect us to take leaps of blind faith, but leaps of action guided by sincere prayer.