It’s that time of the year that many students including myself dread or some may be excited for as it means that Summer is round the corner, another academic year is over. Yes, it’s exam season. I’ve written this post to share a great revision exercise for students as we prepare for our forthcoming exams. Even if you are not a student there is something to be learnt.
If you have not done so already (or if you just want to refresh your mind), check out last year’s exam season post : Do your BEST and He’ll do the Rest.
I recently submitted an assignment that I had been trying to complete for a while. On one particular day after spending 3 hours attempting to answer just one question (and still getting nowhere) I got really frustrated and disheartened. A thought came into my mind I hadn’t fully committed that work session into God’s hand. At that exact moment I quickly uttered a word to the Lord. Then I spontaneously took a post-it note and wrote “With God it will be possible for me to finish this AR assignment.”
After that day every time I sat down at my desk to write the assignment, I would notice the post-it which reminded me to commit that session to the Lord. Now I urge you to adopt this little activity (revision tool if you like) or adjust it to your preference for the upcoming weeks or months. In your study area put up post-it notes of encouragement with bible verses to encourage you when times are hard and you feel like giving up. Let it be a reminder to commit it all to the Lord so that the burden is lighter. Cultivate a habit of committing your revision, coursework/assignment deadlines and exams to the Lord. The bible says: Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3). I prefer this translation which is self-explanatory: Commit your activities to the LORD, and your plans will be achieved.
Everything you do towards preparation for your exams commit it to the Lord. I can honestly say that after committing my assignment to the Lord, He directed my research and directed my eyes to the right places where the answers were, He gave me new insight into the questions I was answering and an overall peace that it would eventually be completed to my satisfaction. When you commit your actions and activities onto the Lord, the difference is evident.
Pray this prayer out loud…
I pray that the Lord will enable me to cultivate a habit to commit all things to him. As I commit my revision, preparation and daily activities onto the Lord I pray that they shall be successful. May I remember to cast my cares and worries upon the Lord, for He truly cares for me. As I cast my cares on you in prayer, please Lord don’t let me leave with them and put them back on my shoulders. Holy Spirit remind me that I have committed my ways and cast my worries on to the Lord and in return I should honestly leave it in His hands. In the midst of the stress of preparing for exams (or just life itself) let me remember the words of David: Cast your burdens on the Lord. And He shall sustain you. (Psalm 55:22).
God honestly wants to carry our burdens, often times we want to continue to bear them on our shoulders even though we have said we are trusting him. Trust that the same strength that sustains you will also carry your burdens.
If you want to reach new levels of faith in your life, you need to make a habit of committing things to the Lord. Committing things into God’s hands has to become part of your lifestyle. It differentiates you from others around you. Others will be stressing out but you will be resting on the promises of God; you know that He is in charge and He’s got your back.
I wish you all the best in your exams!
P.S – Don’t forget to check out last year’s post for exams, It has more prayers and one specifically for procrastinators. Do your BEST and He’ll do the Rest.