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. 36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. 38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
Jesus had the habit of daily prayer and often it was in connection with uncovering the Father’s plan for His day and use of His time. We should pray daily so we can be in tune to what is pleasing to God (Mark 1:35-38) and discover His plan for every day. We must learn, at times, to say no to the demands of men so we can say yes to the plans we have already received from God. Jesus came forth from His place of prayer with God’s plan for Him to preach in the next towns. With needs all around him and the requests of those seeking Him He said no to those demands so He could say yes to His Father’s plan.
One of the greatest deterrents to planning is the urgent. During the course of a day a person or leader may be called upon to extinguish many fires of varying intensities, situations that beg for your immediate attention. You can fill an entire day with these, and at the end of the day feel exhausted without any sense of accomplishment. What is urgent isn’t always what is necessary, and what is necessary isn’t always urgent. It’s very easy to get so involved in daily demands and activities that you lose sight of where you’re going.
If we fail to plan, it can put us on the defensive instead of on the offensive. We can get caught in the trap of reacting to crises rather than making purposeful actions that help prevent them. Luke 9:51 says, “And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, HE STEDFASTLY SET HIS FACE TO GO TO JERUSALEM.” Jesus ministered to problems as they arose, but He was also steadfast in fulfilling the mission the Father sent Him to do. We should not allow time solving problems to crowd out time spent planning and staying focused on a plan God has given us. Jesus had a plan to go to Jerusalem and people wouldn’t receive Him because His face was focused to stay on course with His plan.
Many do not plan because they feel it is a waste of time and they don’t have the time. Planning takes time, yes, but it also saves time. It helps us schedule the best use of our time. A few minutes of planning before working can save many minutes in the process of the work. We need to take time to plan our work and then work our plan.