One day a young man walked to a godly rich man and asked him? If I want to succeed in life,which one is more important: Prayer or hard work?
The rich man smiled and asked the young man to follow him to his backyard garden. There he pointed to a young unhealthy plant and then fetched a cup of fertilizer. He then asked the young man, which of the two must I focus on in order to get bumper harvest from this plant in the future? The young man replied that he will need both the plant and the fertilizer. He continued to explain that the plant was looking unhealthy because it lacked some essential nutrients and if the old man nurtures the ailing plant with the fertilizer, it will recover and blossom into full strength.
The old man then said, my son, you are right! As much as a plant requires fertilizer to provide the essential nutrients it lacks for it to fully blossom, hard work will also require prayer for it to fully pay off.
So you cannot substitute one for the other. Prayer without hard work is just a self tickling exercise. It will make you feel good but you will be unproductive and poor.If you pack loads of fertilizers without ever applying them to the plants, it will only occupy space.
On the other hand,hard work without prayer opens you up for the negative elements of this world to annul your efforts and limit your potential, just like the young tree which was not looking healthy because it was trying to depend on the scanty nutrients in its surroundings to grow.
So work with all your might and pray with all your heart.
Unleash the power of prayer unto the soil of your efforts and see God make something beautiful with your life.
From the desk of ROL