June 8, 2006Email to a FriendPrint
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Prior planning prevents poor performance. Anyone who has planned a successful event will vouch for that. And those who have resorted to last-minute preparation with no prior planning can relate stories of disastrous results.
Prior planning is simple for the Christian: begin with God. He is the great planner. “In the beginning,” God planned and effected all creation. Through His Son, God devised and implemented a plan of salvation for the whole world. God announced His plans to send the Holy Spirit for all believers prior to Jesus’ return to heaven. What a perfect planner!
But God is also a personal planner for every one of us. Before we were formed in the womb, God chose a plan and purpose for each of us (Jeremiah 1:5). It makes perfect sense to consult God in prayer to discover His plans before we initiate ours. Too often we make our own plans, then ask God to fit Himself into them. That’s not a good idea. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD'S purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21). God works out His will despite our selfish plans, but prayerful planning with God spells purposeful performance.
PRAYER: We commit our work and ways to You, O Lord. Establish our plans according to Your holy will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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