Are You Ready for Action?

by Kimberley Payne


I remember the frustration experienced in my home because of homework. Each day my kids would return from school, we would argue over when and where and how to do their nightly assignments. The ordeal stressed us and caused family strife. I decided to take it to God in prayer. I hoped that God would change my children’s attitudes so that they would look forward to doing their homework. This, however, was not the case

I learned that although I can pray to God and ask Him to help,
I must also be willing to be part of the solution. Tweet this.

I cannot just pray and then throw up my hands and carry on with my day. I can ignore the fear and worry but I still need to be willing to take action. I believe it was Joyce Meyer who said, “Don’t react, act.”  So I don’t need to react with ranting, raving, whining and nagging. I must rely on God’s guidance and proceed with a solid plan to resolve this homework issue.

God often answers prayer through people. He can and will divinely interject but usually He uses people who are willing and obedient.

I can pray for wisdom and knowledge
but I must also act upon that knowledge and “do” something. Tweet this.

It is not enough for me to say, “Dear Lord, help my child to do homework” without listening for His answer and being open to His guidance.

Prayer and action go hand in hand (Nehemiah 4:17).

 We devised a homework system through listening to the wisdom of others and spending time in quiet reflection with God. I realize that although my plan is working well now, I may need to change it in the future. As our family’s needs change I can ask God for His guidance and His wisdom. Then I must be open and listen for it. God wants to answer our prayers but He wishes to work though His creation, not impose His will upon it.

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action” (1 Peter 1:13 NIV.)

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Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at

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  1. Thanks Margaret! Be proactive, not reactive — wonderful advice!

  2. Margaret says:

    thank you for this, Kimberley! I needed these words today – such great advice I have been giving my own sons for many years “be proactive, not reactive”, yet something I often forget about when life overwhelms me…and thank you, Jan for sharing!

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