How many times have we heard the scripture “All things whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” We must act as if we have already received. Florence Shinn says “If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.”
There is a convincing illustration of this in the Bible, relating to the three kings who where in the desert, without water for their men and horses. They consulted with the prophet Elisha, who gave them the powerful message “Thus saith the Lord – Ye shall not see the wind, neither shall ye see rain, yet make this valley full of ditches.” We must prepare for the thing we have asked for, when there isn’t the slightest sign of it in sight.
When we work on the spiritual plane, we know one with God is a majority. Therefore, we dig our ditches in preparation of what is to come. For instance, if your desire is to buy a new home but something appears to be an obstacle in you getting it, then buying something for your new home would be digging your ditches. You would be preparing for your new home; thus acting as though you already had it.
Back in the day, our ancestors knew the value of digging ditches. They advised young ladies who had a deep desire to get married to maintain a hope chest. And they would put little trinkets in there that would be used once they were married. I’m not sure what the success rate was but evidently it was compelling enough that young ladies year after year maintained a hope chest.
When we dig our ditches we show active faith. It is needless to say that the ditches dug by the three kings in the desert were filled to over-flowing. Getting into these type of spiritual habits is no easy matter for the average person. But we must train and discipline our minds to focus on the wanted and to think and act from the viewpoint of already having received what we desire.
For instance, if your desire is to find a new job. Then, digging your ditches would include things like typing up your resignation letter, creating a fake check from the company you desire to work for along with the pay amount you want, getting your desk caught up, documenting any routine functions you’re responsible for turning over to the next person, de-cluttering your desk, packing non-essential personal items and taking them home, typing up your employment acceptance letter, your thank you interview follow up letter, purchasing new items for you new office, etc.
Man can only receive what he sees himself receiving. Digging ditches help us to see ourselves receiving more convincingly. I invite you to begin with the end in mind. What actions can you take to essentially dig your ditches in preparation of your abundance pressed down, shaken together, and running over? Have them identified? Great! Now go dig your ditches.