But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
2 Corinthians 8:16
When we’re presented with something that inspires deep care, it’s only natural to be inclined to pray about it. But I think that often perhaps we make it as if it were: “I care about this. Now it’s time to make God care, too.”
God is the author of care, and as such, inspires care in the hearts of his saints. Paul wrote,
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
Paul could not write of care without mentioning its source. Again to the Philippians, he wrote,
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
And to the Corinthians, he wrote that all of his abundant labors were not to his credit, but to that of the grace of God that was with him (1 Corinthians 15:10).
So while it may seem to us that we have to compel God to care about what we’re pressing him for, we have the solid, immovable truth that he does care; and not only so, that he authored the care that we have, that brought us to prayer in the first place.