The Skeleton Keys #1: Faith Plus Works

Faith 11/22/2019

When I was younger, I thought prayer was the skeleton key that would open up all the doors. In desperate times, I would pray. If I wanted something, I would pray. In those days, I believed that being a prayer warrior was the way to make it in life. Obviously it didn’t work. I was young and selfish and had no real communication with God.

As I got older, I learned that if I wanted something I had to work for it. As time went by, I began to work more and pray less. When I first entered the work force, it was much like the prayers of my youth. It was all selfish.

These days, the nature of my prayers have changed. I offer up prayers of gratitude. I pray for the well-being of others. Rarely do I pray for myself or the things I want. I even try not to get into desperate situations where divine intercession is the only option available. Granted, desperate situations do come up. And like most humans, I pray for mercy in those times.

The nature of my work has also changed over the years. It is no longer to finance my selfish pursuits. I have a family that depends on me. I work for them. Not only for our financial stability, but even in areas such as my writing. I used to write only for myself. Now, I write for my son. And as a blogger, my writing has gone beyond my friends and family. I now write for the world and for the good of those who wish to read it.

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. –St. Augustine

The ultimate skeleton key to success in this life starts with praying as if everything depended on God.  You can be this person of faith! But it is not prayer alone, you have to work as if everything depended on you. You can be this person of action. As the apostle James said, “Faith without works is dead.” Imagine the possibilities when you can combine the two. Would there be any doors closed to you?


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