Prepared for Action
(1 Samuel 17:34-35; 37) But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. ...The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine."

Prepare and act in order to have an effective life. A plan that is stoked with prayer and purpose and is practiced with precision will proceed to make progress. That's a power-packed statement, and it's the truth! When working toward making your vision become your reality, the majority of the work required is done during the season of preparation. Let me give you this as an example: A man dreams of being a great cook. After many years of training and crafting his skills, he prepares a dish for his guest. The guest eats the food and gives the man a 10-star rating. Did the meal make the man a great cook? No. It was the years of training that made him a great cook. The meal was evidence of what he had become. More time was spent in the action of becoming than in the action of preparing the meal. Hopefully, this gives you a better understanding to why we must depend on God and respect His timing in order for our dreams to come true. Our willingness to put in the required time will prepare us for action at our appointed time.