• Jack Selcher

Prepare and Pray

I’ve had a recurring dream. I’m suddenly horrified to realize I signed up for a college course but didn’t attend classes the whole semester. Tomorrow is the final exam. That dream reveals I fear failure, and preparation is my go-to strategy to avoid it. Preparation has brought me success in many different life situations. Although planning and hard work alone can bring earthly success, they’re only part of bearing much spiritual fruit that will remain (John 15:8). Preparation and prayer are both vital.

What God can do through us (Philippians 4:13) dwarfs what we can do. I water, fertilize, and weed the tomatoes in my garden, but I can’t make them grow. God does. Similarly, while only God can bring spiritual growth (1 Corinthians 3:6-7), He expects us to plant, water and fertilize spiritual seeds. “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31, NIV). The warrior gets ready for the conflict, but the LORD delivers the victory.

Nehemiah diligently prepared to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. He also prayed and fasted before he approached King Artaxerxes with his request to go to that city (Nehemiah 1:4). He shot an arrow prayer while he was making his request (Nehemiah 2:4). He asked for letters for the governors of the lands west of the Euphrates River (Nehemiah 2:7) to pass through their lands safely. He wanted a letter to get timber for the project from Asaph (Nehemiah 2:8). He surveyed the damaged wall before developing his plan (Nehemiah 2:12-15). He prepared to defend Jerusalem while the wall was being constructed (Nehemiah 4:13). Nehemiah also prayed for God to move, planned for it, and prayed all along the way.

How can we successfully complete hard tasks? We must prepare as if everything depends on us and pray as if everything depends on God! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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