Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What we think, what we say, what we pray

I think and praying a lot; however, I know that my words are not matching up to my prayers. Unfortunately, my words often match my thoughts. I think it's safe to say that many of us tend to think about our problems. We worry and fret - all this does is push our stress levels through the roof!

This segment of Joyce Meyer was all about the power of prayer. One of the things that Joyce talks about a lot is how we negate our prayers by worrying. If I ask God for healing but complain or worry about my health all the time, then were is my faith?

My last blog post was all about putting on a fake show for the world. We plaster a smile on our face and act like our lives are perfect, even though we are falling spectacularly apart at the seams. I do believe in acknowledging times of struggle. I don't believe it's healthy to keep that all bottled up in side. However, I also believe that complaining about it won't help either. There is that delicate balance of -
  • acknowledging my problem
  • sharing it with others (if they ask how I'm doing, or if I'm asking for prayer)
  • praying about it
  • then trusting it with God
Let's go through this process...

What we think

It all starts with our thoughts. What we think, if we think it long enough, will eventually come out of our mouth. It is vitally important to get our thoughts under control because that is where the enemy will do his most to derail us! How many times have you worked yourself up into a pretty good lather simply by thinking about something or someone in a negative way? I still struggle with this more than I like to admit, but there you have it. Time for full disclosure folks. Are you ready to admit that what you are thinking is giving you grief? If not, that's OK - just something to think about... for now.

What we say

Oh boy, this is where we get into SO much trouble - am I right? I certainly do! I will be praying about a particular problem and the very next minute start complaining about it! (sigh) 
 Isn't it good to know that we aren't the only ones struggling with this! Having said that, there is no safety in numbers - not in this area. We have a responsibility to control our mouth and chose our words with care. The other option is to keep shooting our mouth off and falling into even more misery. I know, I know - easier said than done (no pun intended). But we can try, right? We need to make the effort!

What we pray

Though I put this last, by no means should it be put last in our lives. So often (yes, I do this too) we pray as a last resort, when we should be doing it first and foremost. When we pray and seek God's direction for our lives, we can often avoid many of the problems we created
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   Philippians 4:6-7

When I pray before seeing my doctor or broaching a touchy subject, things go so much better. I approach things with more wisdom instead of fear and anger. Why I don't do this all the time is simply baffling to me BUT I keep praying that God will continue His work in me.

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There is tremendous power in prayer. That is why I created a prayer forum.Whether you need prayer or want to pray for others, I hope you will consider joining. If you don't feel comfortable sharing your requests, please email me directly and I will add you to my prayer list.