James 2:15-16New International Version (NIV)
15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
This scripture hits HOME!
How many times have we offered prayers instead of “substance”
How many times have we said “I’m praying for you” and never get around to actually uttering a single word to the Lord.
Sure, I know there are plenty of scammers out there. But that’s for God to figure out not you. Listen to the voice of God- there are people really hurting and need for God to answer their prayer through you. HE has given many of us resources that can be used to build up the kingdom. I am not suggesting that your prayers are ineffective, but I am suggesting that you evaluate the situation.
The scriptures tell us to give and it will come back to you- not might come back, or maybe come back but without a doubt WILL come back to you. You have absolutely NOTHING to lose.
Remember this: Your gift to other precedes God’s gifts to you. I don’t know about you but I need God to keep giving me gifts.