Proverbs 21:31 (New International Version)
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the Lord.
The athlete stretches before the big race.
The actor rehearses her lines and fronts up at the audition.
The author puts the finishing touches on the manuscript and sends it off to the publisher.
The woman and the man are joined together; the child is prayed for in the womb.
The anchor is raised, the sail is hoisted, the mooring is slipped.
The soil is tilled, the seed is scattered, the plant is watered.
The preacher prepares the message.
The evangelist prays and fasts.
The banquet is set, many guests are invited.
The horse is made ready for the day of battle.
The warrior’s belt of truth is buckled round the waist, the breastplate of righteousness is put in its place, the feet are fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, the shield of faith is taken up, the helmet of salvation is put on, the sword of the Spirit is grasped.
But the outcome depends on the Lord.