You probably have a mate who bought a bomb of a car and was full of talk about how he was going to do it up and turn it into a 'show car'. But at the end of the day his lack of skill, combined with no planning and very little cash, meant that all he achieved was a more expensive old bomb of a car. He expected too much return for too little investment (and he probably never listened to the experts). Well, maybe there are warning signs there for us as we look at renovating our lives.
First, do we expect too much when investing very little? John Wesley said, 'God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.' We know that God works through prayer. We read or hear testimonies of people changed by the power of prayer. All of Jesus' significant moments are prepped in prayer: before He picked His disciples, He was up all night in prayer; He walked on water following a quiet prayer time; before the cross, He sweated blood through prayer. It's clear - we can't expect a great change in our lives without first investing in time alone with God.
Secondly, do we listen to the expert? Prayer can easily become a one way dialogue. We want God to bless our agenda, our shopping list. But prayer should be the moment we lock into God's will. We need to make time to listen to Him through reading our Bible and expecting to hear His voice. 'The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him sincerely' (Psalm 145:18 NLT).