Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there PRAYED.
Proverbs 24:3 4 (Living Bible) Any enterprise is built by wise PLANNING, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.

The Lord wants us to have purposeful actions or actions with purpose. Not spin our wheels or waste our time. There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently what should not be done at all. There are very few purposeful events that occur in life that are not first planned. Without effective planning, our life and ministry are destined to be controlled by circumstances, and we will not reach our full potential in God. People who do not plan do not plan to plan. Time must be set aside for it or it is unlikely that it will happen.

Our planning process as Christians is unique in that it starts with realizing that God has a plan for us individually and an organization we may be leading. Planning is our attempt to uncover God’s plan or strategy and become a part of it. It is not an attempt to control the future but rather to plan toward the future we believe God would have us live. This is why prayer is so important for it is in prayer where God has promised to show us great and mighty (hidden) things which we don’t know (Jer. 33:3). Two indispensable things every Christian should regularly use their time for are PRAYER and PLANNING. Prayer without a doubt is the most important, and through prayer comes the ability to get God’s plans like Jesus did in Mark 1:35. It’s as reasonable to lock your door, unplug your phone or go to a private place to plan as it is to do the same to pray. Without prayer and planning our lives tend to drift and we get bored from a routine life. We must set aside the time for them. Here are some great verses on prayer and planning.

1. Isaiah 45:11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: Ask me of things to come concerning my sons; and concerning the work of my hands, command ye me.

2. Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

3. Ephesians 5:15 17 See, then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, v. 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. v. 17 Wherefore, be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

4. Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his steps.

5. Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless, the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

6. Proverb 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet and let all thy ways be established.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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