“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”
Other than checking my calendar, I have no idea what this week will contain. However, the Lord has already planned certain events that, when taken as opportunities, will produce blessings. I would love to see his plan so that I might avoid missing any of it. I’d feel more prepared if God could, somehow, give me some hints as to what is on the road ahead.
Wait! There is a way! I can spend more quality time with him today and every day. By spending time with the Lord, I will be able to hear him as he reveals to me what is about to happen or just happened.
By being in his word, praying with him often throughout the day, I will be thoroughly ready and equipped for the days ahead, no matter what comes my way.
I need to be aware that he is constantly at my side so I won’t miss a thing.
Aware of him beside me, then he can get my attention. With His presence as my companion, I can be more aware, moment by moment, of whatever is to come.
I need to stay in continual communication with the Lord so he can also direct my thoughts.
My recognition and acceptance of his presence is my best plan for the day, the week, and the years ahead so as not to miss any opportunities or blessings.
The Lord has told us in his word, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14).
Prayer: Lord, prepare me for each moment that is before me. I know you have many meetings and opportunities for me. May I become aware of them and take those opportunities to be there for you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Devotion: How does the Lord prepare you for each day?.
By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor.