(PRAYERFULLY) PLAN YOUR WORK!
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” (Psalm 20:4, NIV)
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Prayerful planning is essential to experience the very best of what God has in store for each of us. Without including prayer in our plans, we are limited to what our efforts alone can produce. Without prayer, we soon discover that our plans are meaningless compared to what we could receive when we partner with the Almighty.
Sometimes we work hard to develop our plans, but make the mistake of asking God to bless them after the fact. Other times we completely forget to include God during the planning process.
A plan without prayer leaves us in a vulnerable position. We are so excited about the possibilities before us that we often rush ahead without checking in with the Lord. When our plans fail, we often blame God for allowing us to fall flat on our faces.
On the other hand, prayerful planning keeps us focused on Christ and not on the plan. It reminds us that He is a generous giver, waiting to confirm our plan. His Word is a great check-and-balance for our planning process. Our plans will continue to change, but He will always be the same – today, tomorrow, and through eternity!
So involve Him in the beginning and throughout the planning process. Like a good earthly father our heavenly Father will be engaging and helpful. He will affirm and challenge you. He may give you a new perspective that you haven’t considered. The only way you will ever find out is if you “talk” to Him.
“Plan your work, then work your plan,” was a quote sometimes credited to Norman Vincent Peale, a Christian preacher and author who wrote “The Power of Positive Thinking“. I’d like to add a couple of important words if you don’t mind: “Prayerfully plan your work, then prayerfully work your plan.”
Our plans are nothing without the blessing of our Savior. His overall plan is the best possible plan. Trust Him with the results. He will “make all your plans succeed.” Offer them to Him in prayer!
Enjoy you Tuesday, “Working for Christ”!
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