When I was a young Christian, I used to make up plans for the Lord to perform and go to Him, not only for His approval, but for His compliance. God is a terrific Daddy! Beyond compare! He never once told me my plans were stupid and would come to nothing. He went right along with me, holding my hand through the whole process, me leading the way, and eventually, He stood with me to watch the debacle of complete failure. Then I’d get mad at Him!
When we realize that the purpose of prayer is to find out what God thinks, what God wants, and how God wants to go about achieving it, we are halfway up the road to success. The success of the other half of the road comes from obedience. God is watching. He has high hopes that you will surrender your will and your ways to His Will and His Ways, and in the meantime, He is cheering you on to discovery. So plan all you want, but remember that He is watching. Then go ahead and surrender. He’ll lead you in the right direction.