Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV)
Make Me Ready
It would be a great honor and privilege if I could proclaim your word to others. I can think of nothing more exciting than to be able to encourage others with your word. It is the prayer of my heart that you would prepare me and make me ready to proclaim your word. Is this true? Are you sure that you want me to speak through you? Do you really want me to use you to proclaim my word to others? I know exactly why you are asking me these questions. I’m quite sure that you know exactly why I am asking you these questions. I suppose you would like it if I would say the truth out loud. Yes, I would like it quite a bit if you said the truth out loud. Well, here goes. I have avoided opportunity after opportunity to proclaim your word to others. I haven’t just avoided nearly every opportunity to proclaim your word, I have continually run away from opportunities to proclaim your word. I have been like Jonah. How so? You have been leading me in one direction and I have been running away in the opposite direction. No wonder you are so afraid of large fish. Now, that’s funny. Yes, it is.
Why have you run away from nearly every opportunity to proclaim my word? I have been afraid. I have been filled with fear. I have doubted that you could possibly want to use me to proclaim your word. You knew this day was coming, didn’t you? You knew that one day we would have this conversation about facing your fears, isn’t that right? Yes, I knew that this day was coming. What have you also known? I have also known that you haven’t stopped preparing me to proclaim your word. That’s right. As you have faithfully met with me in my word, I have been preparing you to proclaim my word. As you have been meditating continually on my word I have been changing your heart and transforming your mind. I have been molding and shaping your life with my word. As you have been putting my word into practice, I have been preparing you to proclaim my word. So here we are on this day. You are now asking me to prepare you and make you ready to proclaim my word, is that right? Yes, that is right.
I want you to keep on letting me make you ready to proclaim my word. But now, I want you to look for every opportunity to proclaim my word. Don’t shrink back. Don’t run away. Allow me to use you. My hand will be on you. I will speak through you. I will use you to correct, rebuke and encourage others with my word. With great patience, you will speak careful words of instruction as you boldly and passionately proclaim my word.
Lord, I will set aside a time and place to meet with you in your word. I will place myself before you so that you can teach and train me with your word. It is you who will prepare me and make me completely ready to boldly proclaim your word to others in need. Amen
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