Pray, Expect, and Prepare
February 9, 2017, 9:39 AM

Whatever it is you are hoping for and expecting, it is important to be prepared for it. How can you say, one day I will do this or that, but not make an effort to put yourself in a position to be able to receive it? In Jeremiah 31:17a “There is hope for your future,” says the Lord”, God says there is hope in your future. This lets us know the very thing you are hoping shall come to pass.

 Matthew 25:6-10.  “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps.  Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’“But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.

In this scripture there are ten women who set out on a journey - all expecting to meet the bridegroom to attend a marriage. There is something very powerful about this passage -ALL TEN WERE EXPECTING! So, if all ten were expecting to meet the bridegroom, why is it only half were prepared?  Many times when we set out on our journeys with hopes, aspirations and dreams we may all start at the same place, but only a selected few obtain victory because of simply preparing in advance.

So, what are you expecting from God today? Is it success on your job, a long and healthy life, a marriage, financial success, or simply peace? You have to begin to not only believe, but also start preparing yourself today.

This is my Prayer: God will give me direction for whatever changes I need to make in order for me to be in Your will.  Show me the things I need to do to prepare my life for those things I have been expecting and praying for.   Give me the faith to stay the course and help me prepare myself, my heart, and my life for Your blessing.  In Jesus name, Amen.