“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.” (NIV)
What a marvelous promise! That the ones that are called by His name God has purposed in His heart to prosper. Oh, to prosper in the Lord! Spiritual growth is so important in our lives. How much time every day do we allocate to that most important goal? Do we eagerly await our next challenge, and embrace it with outstretched arms? Do we ambivalently await its arrival, knowing it is a necessity yet planning our lives around it when it arrives? Or do we dread its appearance, knowing that difficulties await?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You are a great and glorious God. I know that you work for good all things to those that love You and are called according to Your purpose. Grant me Your peace this day as I prepare for what is to come. Search my heart, O God, and see if there is any wrongdoing in me. Address my weaknesses, and be merciful to me. Strengthen me in my struggles, and make me victorious; for when I am weak, You are strong. May the meditations of my heart and words of my mouth be pleasing to You always. May I be a light on the hill that glorifies Your name. You are worthy of all glory and power and strength and honor and praise. Great is your grace and mercy! Amen.