Not too long ago, I realized I had fallen into a pattern of doing what I thought needed to happen, and then praying that God would bless it. Not surprisingly, it didn’t usually work out well. But recently, I’ve started reversing that process. I start with prayer that seeks God’s will, even though it takes longer and I often end up in places I never would have expected. Then – after I have God’s clarity – I go to work. Not surprisingly, my vision is almost always larger, my goal more faithful and things seem to work out better.