July 7, 2019


1 Peter 1:13 (ESV) — 13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

MORNING: Peter challenges the believer to prepare their minds for action. The Greek word for “prepare” speaks of binding up a long garment and fastening it with a leather belt in order to do any kind of work. Without preparation of our minds, we will struggle to have victory over the world.

How do we prepare our minds? By studying and meditating on the Word of God. By taking time in prayer to see God’s will. By consciously submitting our will to the power of the Holy Spirit.

On this first day of the week, set up a daily plan to prepare yourself for service to God. Be specific in your goals. They may include something like, “I will read one chapter of Proverbs each morning for the next thirty-one days, or, I will spend half my commute praying rather than listening to the news on the radio etc.”

 “Father God, I do not wish to be unprepared for the daily spiritual battle. In this new week, I will include in my preparation plan: (Fill in your plan here) Please help me to follow through. I want to walk in Christ’s victory, not in my own strength that leads to defeat. In Jesus name, amen.”