Be ready. Be prepared. Be ready for anything. Be ready for everything. Be ready for the blessings. Be ready for the trials. Be prepared to face adversity. Be prepared to rejoice and to celebrate Jesus. Be ready all the time. This is a message I have been getting for a while now. It is a message that invites us to be ready by spending time with God. It is the best way we can be ready for anything. The Holy Spirit gets us ready. If we don’t spend time with God, we have less preparation and we don’t understand the ammunition and the protection we receive from the Lord. There has to be dedicated time for the Lord on a daily basis if we want to live a successful Christian walk. Now, time with God will not prevent bad things from happening but it will teach us how to react and how to act when things go astray. I used to pray more only when I was facing difficulties. When all was well, I would say my regular morning and evening prayers but nothing else. When the going got tough, I would spend more time on my knees until I learned that was not how it worked. God is not the God of last minute prayers. God is not a Person we should consult more only when we need Him. The truth is we need Him all the time. We tend to think that we need Him more when we are in trouble. It is not true. We need Him every day the same way. Our communion with Him should not depend on our circumstances but on who He is to us. He is God. He is our Savior and our Deliverer. He deserves our time and attention and that time and that attention also help us be ready for anything.
When I was in school and I had to study for a big exam, I used to chunk my study time and do a little bit every day. I tried to get ready just the day before the exam but it never worked too well. I needed more time to engage with the material and I needed to be more exposed to the concepts. God wants us to study on a regular basis so we can be ready for any situation that might come our way. I am talking about bad situations and good ones as well. What does the study involve? The goal of this study is to know Him more and to love Him more and to understand Him more. When we are secure in His love, when we are aware of who He is and when we understand that nothing is impossible to Him, we can face anything. We have the confidence that He’s got this. Now, we can gain that confidence for a while and then lose it. We usually lose it if we are not consistent with the studying I am talking about. Winning one battle of faith doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels and take a break. The study I am mentioning is not homework per say. It is being persistent in our pursuit of a great relationship with God. It sounds like work but when you do it constantly, you realize that it is not work. It is a lifestyle. The best lifestyle there is. Life can throw anything at us and Jesus can catch it all when we trust Him and we stay in communion with Him.
When bad things happen, we can easily go into panic mode. When we are prepared having spent time in the Word, in prayer and praise, panic mode doesn’t affect us. It is a function that doesn’t work. The devil tries to push our buttons but the panic button is disabled by the power of communion with Jesus. I see it in my own life. I see a difference when I have spent time with the Lord. I see how I react and I can only give God the glory. When I am ready and I am prepared, the floodgates of Heaven take over my life even in the middle of chaos. I have this peace that doesn’t make sense and a boldness that makes me declare that Jesus is King despite my difficulties. I am working on being ready all the time. It is worth it. It is an amazing habit. Today I am encouraging you to get ready and to be prepared. Don’t wait until calamity hits you to start praying. Don’t wait until the bills are overwhelming to ask for God’s help. Don’t wait until confusion is strong. Read the Word. Praise the Lord. Speak God’s sovereignty over your life. Spend time with the Holy Spirit. Let it be just you and Him. He will prepare your heart and show you how to stay strong during tribulations, how to praise the Lord and how to thank Him. He is the best helper. He is the One who can prepare you for all circumstances. Take the time. Study. Communicate with God. You will be amazed at how you approach life. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: John 14:16-18; John 16:7; 1 John 2:1