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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Preparation By Prayer

"In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness" (Psalm 31:1)

When you hear the word "preparation", what comes to your mind? Do you think about life insurance, studying for a test, or maybe even packing all the necessary equipment before a camping trip? Of course, all of these things are acts of preparation.

When we prepare beforehand,we consider all possible outcomes and make sure that we will have what we need when the time comes. We explore any potential problems and arrive at a solution "just in case." After all, no one wants to be caught up in an unexpected situation with no idea of what to do.

Yet do we approach our spiritual lives with the same forethought, or do we tend to take more of a haphazard approach? All to often, we overlook "gearing up" before heading into unknown territory. If it makes sense to prepare for a simple camping trip, how much more important it must be to prepare for our very lives!

We make this preparation by spending time with the Lord. Too many people call upon the name of God only in times of stress; however, if you want to be ready for crisis, then you must seek the Lord when there is no problem at all. In these precious moments of prayer and reflection, we have the opportunity to calmly dwell in the Word, focusing on an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. These are the occasions for girding up our strength and laying a solid foundation in the Word that will provide sure footing late on, when troubles come our way.

Lord, help me to draw aside each day to spend time with You. I want to be prepared for this life and eternity. Amen.

~Charles Stanley~

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