Prepare the field

Preparing the field

I love watching Facing the Giants. Tonight, my son laughed, “We’re not even 35 minutes into it and dad’s already bawling!”

Tonight, the part that really hit me was an exchange between the football coach and Mr. Bridges, a guy that had been praying for the school for years.

Mr. Bridges felt God gave him a word for Coach Taylor. It was a good word.

Then there was this exchange:

Mr. Bridges: 2 farmers who desperately needed rain. And both of them prayed for rain but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?

Coach Taylor: Well the one who prepared his fields for it.

Mr. Bridges: Which one are you? God will send the rain when He is ready. It’s your job to prepare your field to receive it.

How about you?

What have you been praying for? For a really long time? Some situation where you really need to see God move in your life?

Are you preparing the field?

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Rob

    Thank you for this my friend.

  2. Amanda

    It would be nice to know exactly where in the bible this story is told. I also loved the movie and I found this exchange of words powerful – but I can’t find these so called scriptural references anywhere in the word of God. Any idea where they got this from? (the story of the two farmers)??

  3. Marc A. Pitman

    Hi Amanda,

    I don’t believe anyone suggests the story is in the Bible.

    I certainly don’t know of it being in there.

  4. Christine

    I love all the Sherwood movies, esp regarding this reference, but isn’t this photo from Faith Like Potatoes? I can’t remember now. 🙂

  5. Marc A. Pitman

    Nope. I think it was from Flickr… (Faith Like Potatoes?) 🙂

  6. Willa Day

    I am sooo thankful for this web sight, because: nearly a month ago, I was praying and I heard these three words: prepare the field, its been haunting me since, now I know what God was saying to me, because He knew that I needed to search it out,He knew what I was going through, I had some idea, I seached my commentary, could not find those exact words then I found this, and,it nailed it, also the scripture that you gave Proverb 24:27,I read it in difference verisons!! PTL!! I love it!!!

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