For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of Lord and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.Ezra 7:10
Ezra was a scribe and a teacher. He was such an expert in law and scripture, that the king gave him whatever he asked for to help rebuild the Jewish temple.
And yet, despite his reputation and status, Ezra’s planning started with God.
I’m Valerie Riese and I identify with this verse because Ezra was a writer. When I’m brainstorming and as I sit down to write, I ask Jesus what He wants me to tell people. He usually says, “Just tell them about Me”, and I say, “Okay, I trust You to give me the words.” And when I get stuck, I ask the Author of Life to be my writing coach and editor.
But Ezra made me wonder, what if I did this in all things throughout my day? What if I prepared my heart each morning by asking “Jesus, what do You want me to do today?”What if we started each morning by asking Jesus what He wanted us to do with our day? Click To Tweet
And when I have a problem or a decision to make, what if I asked our All-Knowing God for His answers?
The Bible says Ezra had such influence because everyone knew the hand of God was on him. I suspect the hand of God was on Ezra because Ezra’s heart was on God.
What decisions or challenges are you facing today? I invite you to join me in a new habit of starting the day asking, “Jesus, what do You want me to do today?”
Take the Challenge
It’s said it takes 21 days to form a habit, so for the next 21 days we are going to wake up and ask God what He wants us to do with our day.
Would you like to join us?
Heather set an alarm on her phone for 4:45am. You don’t have to go that kind of crazy. Maybe just stick a post-it note on the bathroom mirror before you go to bed so you see it when you get up in the morning. Whatever works for you.
All you have to do is simply say a short prayer for guidance when you wake up in the morning and then take a moment to listen for God’s answer and/or watch for His guidance throughout your day.
Join the Conversation
In what area of your life could you ask for Jesus guidance? Will you be joining us in our challenge? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.I'm taking part in Candidly Christian's 21-day "Prepare Your Heart Prayer Challenge." Want to learn more? Click To Tweet