Growing up, my dad would often say, you perform how you practice. Take for instance, a basketball player. When he or she goes out on the court for a game, this won’t be the first time he or she has shot a ball, learned a play, or defended a player. Instead, he or she has trained consistently to perform well during any given game.
Likewise, when we read the Bible, worship and pray often, we are preparing for everyday life.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 NIV)
When storms come our way, when difficult situations arise, we won’t have to scramble for Bible verses to encourage ourselves. Instead, we will already have them written on our heart. We will already know worship songs that we can sing and the power that comes from lifting our hands in praise. We will already have a prayer life to get us through whatever storm we’re battling. We will already have extracted some of the nourishing wisdom from the Bible to help us through our problems regardless of how big or small.
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