Pray First, Plan Later

I was reading through “A Journey into Prayer” this morning and this part just fits my life so perfectly right now!

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Pray First, Plan later

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”   ~ James 5:16

God expects us to be orderly.  He expects us to manage our time, to discipline ourselves, to prepare well-planned programs.  But if we could learn to pray first and plan afterward, how different would be our homes, our churches, our Christian clubs, our Bible studies, whatever we are doing for Christ.  Maybe, just maybe, we are planning in one direction and God’s will is in another direction.  God might say, “Hold everything!  Turn around and go this way.  This is My will for you, not that way.” 
 
Even if we are plugged into God’s will and know we’re going in the right direction, we may be going at a snail’s pace.  God says, “Look, you see only a tenth of what I have for you.  There are nine-tenths that you’re not seeing, that you don’t know anything about.”
 
God wants us to make ourselves available to Him, and to say before we start to plan, “Lord, tell me what You want me to do, where You want me to go, how You want me to do it.”  Then our omnipotent God, with all the abundance of heaven at His disposal, will pour out His power upon us.  Instead of following our tiny,  tiny plans, God wants to open heaven and flood us.  It’s exciting.
 
We work, we pull, we struggle, and we plan until we’re utterly exhausted, but we have forgotten to plug into the source of power.  And that source of power is prayer – the fervent prayer of a righteous person that is powerful and effective.
 
~Dear God, Teach me to plug into Your power instead of just my limited human resources.  Amen. ~
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