I remember the time while on a youth group mission trip and one of their sponsors was a retired lawyer.

I remember the time while on a youth group mission trip and one of their sponsors was a retired lawyer. I really enjoyed talking with him. He has been very active in his church and in the last few years, had been working with the youth. I was curious about what lawyers do to prepare for a case. He informed me that he probably spent ninety percent of his time reading, researching and preparing alone, in the quiet and only a small amount of time in his courtroom presentation. As I thought about what he said, it brought to mind what is needed to live the victorious or successful Christian life.

Preparation for Christian living is not done in the public eye; it is done in quiet and away from the public. It is there by reading our Bibles, (Psalms 1:2) and in prayer, (Psalm 54:2, 55:1, Matthew 26:41) and fellowship with God that we get the inner strength to go out and face the world (Psalm 91). There are no shortcuts, quick fixes or just pop it in the microwave. Jesus our beloved Savior took time to be alone with God the Father, (Matthew 26:36-39) so He could do the work the Father wanted Him to do. Christians are encouraged to have a life devoted to prayer, (Romans 12:12, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2). Are we doing that? See you in church next Sunday. Brother J