Imagine this, your loved one needs a life saving surgery and the team of nurses and doctors have not preped the surgical unit since the last patient was in there, due to lack of time in between surgeries; would you allow them to take your loved one into a unsterile environment? Propably not, so why then do we go to God without preparing our hearts? How do you think it makes Him feel when we make time for everyrhing else but we just throw Him in whenever we get a quick minute? Trust me God is the life saving surgery that we all need and we will all encounter before we leave this earth.
To fully understand the importance of coming to God with a prepared heart we must first know what it means to prepare. According to Webster it simply means to make something (your heart) ready beforehand for some purpose (to encounter God), use, or activity (prayer). Truth moment, I can count on one hand how many times I have actually prepared my heart for God. I always come to Him with a heart that is not prepared. How do you know this you ask? Because I’m so busy that I tend to fit God into my schedule instead of scheduling my day around the things of God.
I’m a type “A” personality at least that’s what they tell me! So for me I love order, organizing and you guessed it, schedules! I almost always go overboard when it’s time to do a project because I immediately become diagnosed with “OCD”. I know this is a real disorder for real people but trust me when it comes to preparing schedules the shoe fits. So for me I pencil God in and most of the time I don’t because there is just not enough time so I’ll do a two for one; like pray in the shower therefore I got it out the way and now I can feel better, because I was able to give God 10 minutes of my precious time.
I can say with 100% certainty that this would not fall under the umbrella of preparation. So the question is how do we prepare our hearts for God? In Psalm 139, David ask God to search his heart and to see if he had any wickedness in him. I believe this is the first step of preparation. When we go to God without preparing our hearts we overlook the fact that our hearts are deceiftly wicked no one but God will ever know it. Since this is true it only makes sense to have God search it for you.
I know, I know, most people think they honestly know what’s in their hearts. Let me ask you this, have you ever thought you forgiven a person until that person showed up? All of a sudden feelings that you’d thought weren’t there are all of sudden resurfacing. “Where did that come from?” you ask yourself. Could it be that your heart deceived you into believing that you had nothing in your heart towards that person anymore?
Forgiveness or lack there of is one of the issues that affects our relationship with the Lord. Now don’t get me wrong nothing in this world can separate us from His love but there are things that can hinder us from receiving His love. This is why asking God to search your heart is a necessary part of the preparation process.
Now that you have asked God to search your heart (step 1), you must now be ready to repent (step 2) and ask the Lord to wash you. Repentance is a very difficult step and I’ll tell you why. It’s because most people when they hear the word they feel condemned. Let me let you in on a secret, there is no condemnation in Jesus Christ! Repentance is simple, you apologize, ask for forgiveness and you then stop doing that thing completely.
How many know the simple things are always the hardest to complete. King David had a very repentant heart! This is why we see his life despite all of his flaws God still said “that he was a man after His own heart”. WOW! To know that is amazing! David attained this by preparing his heart over and over and over and over again, unto death.
1 Corinthians 2:9 says “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him.” I believe this verse tells us that it hasnt even entered our hearts because we have not prepared them. A farmer must first prepare the soil before he can plant seed. If the farmer did not make the necessary preparations then it doesn’t matter how many seeds are planted, nothing will come of it. Same difference with God, if we don’t prepare our hearts how then can we began to allow the things of God to enter in. The Lord loves us so much that even though we lack preparation He still prepares things that we will one day comprehend even if it’s not in this life time. How great of a Father do we have? One that makes ready despite our lack of preparedness. Selah.
Life will always be about preparations. You prepare your kids for school, you prepare your thoughts for a meeting, you prepare your money for a vacation, you prepare your house for guest and the list goes on and on and on. Remember that your relationship with God is a constant preparation of your heart. So, the next time you are about to say a quick prayer, I dare you to stop, allow God to look into your heart, listen to what He has to say through His word concerning you, repent and then receive God’s love. “If you fail to plan (prepare) then you are planning (preparing) to fail”-Benjamin Franklin