Prepare my heart…

by Bo Bryson | No Comments

As I was reading & writing this morning, this phrase came to my mind: ‘Prepare my heart to receive it’ – not fully sure all what that means yet but as I let it sink in – I thought about a few things:
(1) A farmer preparing a field. The farmer does not and would not expect a harvest without cultivating and planting.
(2) A team preparing for a game. The players and coach would not expect to win without preparing during practice.
(3) A band preparing for a concert. The band would not expect to hit all the right notes without hours of prep beforehand.
(4) A teacher preparing for class. The teacher cannot nor should not expect a great learning environment if he/she is scrambling to get a lesson together.
(5) An employee preparing for a presentation. The employee cannot expect to hold the attention of the employer if they ‘wing it.’
(6) A pastor preparing a sermon. The pastor should not expect a great response if he/she has not taken the time to hear from God.
(7) A spouse preparing a surprise. The spouse must pay attention to what the other’s likes/dislikes are if the surprise is to be of great value.
(8) A parent preparing to discipline. The parent may not get the result they want if all they are concerned with is behavior and neglect the heart behind the behavior. That takes much prep!
As I thought about all those scenarios and the degrees of variation that can occur within each of them – I did notice one thing. Being prepared is the key to receive what comes our way no matter what it is. If we are not prepared, how can we expect to not get anxious or worried? A friend gave me a verse: Matthew 6:34 (msg) - “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Being prepared is giving our attention to what matters.
Two other verses I found that speak to preparing the heart. (1) Ezra 7:10 – “And Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” Ezra not only prepared his heart but followed through with action. Let us be people that throws off passivity and prepares our heart to receive and gives attention to what God is doing right now! (2) Job 11:13-19 - “If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you. Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear. You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away. Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help.” Did you catch it – a prepared heart leads to walking in confidence.
How are you preparing your heart to receive all God has for you?

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