“Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’.” Luke 9:23, NKJV.
When you wake up in the morning, you are faced with the most vital decision of your day, yet can get overlooked. It isn’t your responsibilities. It isn’t the tasks before you. It is the decision to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus.
Sometimes, even while spending time with God in prayer, we really didn’t get all of what we went into it for. It is not just a time to ask of God. It is also a time to take up your cross and to ask Him to help you do it. It is a time to truly submit your will and plans, to His will and plans. It is the time that you decide not to lead, but you say I will follow as He leads me.
He will then lead you and empower you by the His Spirit. He will lead you into what to plan, where to go and what to do during the course of your day. What may at first appear like you were giving up your life by taking up your cross, you will find, from the fruit that is produced, that Jesus leads you into life–an abundant one.
Prayer: Father, thank you for your wisdom. I submit my life to you and yield to you. Have your way in me. Lead me and guide me. I want the life you have for me. I want your plans and purpose to be fulfilled in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.