Get Moving At Once

The Two Actions You Need to Get Going on Your Thirty-Thousand-Foot Prayer

The Thirty-Thousand-Foot Prayer On The Ground – Part 7

Make the decision to get moving. This action alone moves you from the ordinary to the extraordinary. There is no time to delay. Oftentimes we get wrapped up in the planning phase which can be used as a normal excuse to procrastinate. Ordinary people are always planning. You’ve heard this phrase dozens of time “I’m planning to…”  I’ve been training myself on how not to use this phrase. “I’m planning to…” is code for I’m not doing a thing.

When you have a big problem every second counts and the situation may be getting worse and worse the longer you delay. Or the opportunity for what needs to be accomplished could be passing. Now is your time to move. Don’t put this off any long. Your planning is sufficient. It’s easy to get this far and not take one step. Turning back or stopping short of the goal that’s the move of an ordinary person. That one step in forward motion is called getting started on the journey. You must decide that you will move no matter what. Let’s just say it this way. If you never start, you can be certain that you will never finish. You never start, you will never know what’s possible. You might have good intentions but without ever starting they will remain just that, intentions. Let’s get moving at once, let’s be uncommon. 

There are two actions you can take to get this ball rolling, to get the battle started, to put some action with the thirty-thousand-foot prayer you’re praying.

  1. Talk to those impacted by what you have planned.
  2. Have a project kick-off with your team.

Talk to those impacted about what you have planned.
It’s never a bad idea to tell those impacted that you’re about to do some work. You want to make certain you have a clear, unhindered pathway to begin your work. No matter what the task is. You want to make sure you can start in a way that you build momentum and not hit a stumbling block right out of the gate.

But now I said to them, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!” –

“But now I said to them…”
Nehemiah realized that it was time to get started. Where he had not said anything to the city officials, is shifting to him now saying something to them. Who are the “them”? For Nehemiah it’s the Jewish leaders—the priests, the nobles, the officials, or anyone else in the administration. Who are the “them” you’re facing? You need to engage with them. Ordinary people would not have gotten this far, they’d stopped with making a plan.  Not you, not the uncommon, the first step in your plan is to engage those impacted. Let’s get this checked off the list. Who knows what will happen once you take that first step. No matter what the outcome, it’s making something new out of you. 

“Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!”
Nehemiah doesn’t say that he has come to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. He says let us. Together, we’re tackling this large problem. Remember, your prayer has led you to this moment. It led you to these actions. That’s what all prayer does.

The secret to prayer is knowing whether or not you’ve been successful at praying. This is how you know you’ve not prayed, God didn’t give you something to do. His response to the majority of your prayers is an action for you to do, even when you pray for someone else. What is God asking you to do? Will you do it? The answered prayer is on the other side of that action you take. 

Have a project kick-off meeting with your team.
After you’ve engaged those impacted; it’s time to get the team moving. Anytime God gives an action it’s bigger than you are, because He is bigger. His ways, His plans, His actions, His ideas are far greater than what you on your best day can handle alone. You’ll need help. Who do you know and who do you have that can help you? By the way, He always provides everything you need when you need it.

Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king. They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work. –

“So they began the good work.”
They are the people you can put hands on. They are the people you can touch. Who do you have in your life that can and is willing to help move your prayer battle plan forward. No matter how many people are there to say no, you will ultimately find one yes that will lead you to either a next step or your next yes. Whoever said getting an answered prayer was easy? Big prayers, take big action. When you have faith for something huge, little effort just won’t do. Ordinary effort won’t do it. Normal actions won’t do it. Being average about it won’t work. Standing by waiting on someone else won’t get your prayer answered. This thing will take you making an uncommon step, a step you’ve not made before. Once you have that person who believes in what you’ve set out to do, then they will be ready for the “good work” along with you.

To get moving in your battle, you must rally your troops and be willing to go to battle. Is what you’re praying for worth you giving your life to your cause?  

Question: What are you willing to do to get moving on your thirty-thousand-foot prayer battle?

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