But I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NAS)
There are basic disciplines you must inculcate as a child of God if you must achieve anything good in life. This applies to every area of human endeavour: business, career, academics, ministry and anything you are involved in. Paul said in verse 25 of 1 Corinthians chapter 9 Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Discipline is essential to success in life and discipline is what people dont like. It is unfortunate that a lot of church folks want every blessing but they do not embrace discipline. Any athlete who is shooting for gold and sleeps morning, afternoon and night has already determined what he would get. Can you imagine an Athlete who is serious about wining eating anyhow? You dont need to wait for the competition to know that such an athlete would be a colossal loser; this is because success or failure can be predictable.
Accordingly, any student who rely on the prayer and the laying on of hands of the servant of God without embracing the discipline of diligent study shall fail woefully. 2 Timothy 2:15 says Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed Hands were laid on you to quicken your understanding so that you can study and pass. God will not slap it on you or put the answers on the board for you. It is what you have paid the price to study that the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance.
The same rule applies in business. You cant be sleeping morning afternoon and night and you say well the man of God has prayed for us that the doors will open. Yes, doors will open for you. But if you are on your bed and the door opens in the field, how would you know? Proverbs 6:9-11 says How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travailleth, and thy want as an armed man. Beloved discipline yourself! Success does not just happen. There are things you must do. There are fundamental disciplines you must apply to your life. Dress up in the morning and start going. Be on the move so that when the door opens, you are already there to access it. I pray you will be there today when your door opens.
Further reading: Mark 1:32-39; 1 Corinthians 9:24 – 27 Daily Bible Reading: Morning: Isaiah 28-29; Evening Philippians 3