Specific Text - 1 Peter 3:13-18
When we think of the word 'always' as it's used in the Bible, we usually think of divine attributes. We know that God has always existed and always will. We know that no matter what, God will always love you and be there for you. God is always good, and He is always in control.
But here Peter applies the word always to you: Always be prepared... If right now, as you sit reading your Bible and this devotional, somebody would all of the sudden show up and want to know about Jesus and how they could experience His peace, you would probably do a good job of explaining it, because your mind is in the right place and you're in a 'spiritual mode.' But what about different times of the day; times when things are busy and hectic and it seems like 1000 things are going on at once? Would you be prepared then to to give an answer about Jesus?
When we train at the fire department, we always ask 'will you be able to remember how to do this at 3 AM when you're surrounded by chaos?' We want to be so familiar with our equipment and procedures that we are always prepared to use them no matter what else is going on, because somebody's life may depend on it. So we drill, drill, and drill some more so that it becomes second nature.
Peter doesn't open this sentence with 'if you're in the mood,' or 'when you're not in the middle of ______ season,' or even 'when the timing is right,' rather he simply instructs you to 'always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks...' The fact that you've read your Bible today and are spending time in devotions right now means you're off to an excellent start, but in order to always be prepared you must constantly be praying, thinking about God, spending time alone with Him, and practicing talking with others about your faith.
Prayer For The Day - Dear Father in heaven, thank you for always being there for me, even when I don't realize you're there. Thank you for the tools and practices I can use to prepare myself to always be ready to give and answer for the hope you have given to me. Fill me with your Spirit and strengthen me to use these tools and not get pulled away from you in my busyness. Amen.