Jan 11

ROMANS 12:2

DON’T COPY THE BEHAVIOR AND CUSTOMS  OF THIS WORLD, BUT LET GOD TRANSFORM  YOU INTO A NEW PERSON BY CHANGING THE  WAY YOU THINK. THEN YOU WILL LEARN TO  KNOW GOD’S WILL FOR YOU, WHICH IS GOOD  AND PLEASING AND PERFECT.” 

 

Besides asking God for what we want (because He  does care about those things), it can be hard some  days to know what to pray for. Do I ask God for more  money so I can give more? Or do I request less money,  so I’m not greedy? Do I ask Him to remove the things  that tempt me, or do I ask Him to give me strength to  face temptation? Personally, I wonder if I should pray  for my kids to be more self-contained so that I can get  work done or if I should pray for patience and energy  to put my work aside and be more present. See what I  mean? 

The Bible says that the human heart is deceitful  (Jeremiah 17:9), and though it sounds harsh, I think  each of us can all understand what it means for our  hearts to be confused or leading us in the wrong  direction. This is why, when we pray, it is good to begin  by asking God to align our hearts, our desires, and our  thoughts with His will. He has the power, by His Spirit,  to point our hearts in the right direction as well as to  shift the way we think about things. He is steady when  we are not. He is loving to all people when we don’t  feel it. He has good plans, and He can be trusted, even  in a global pandemic, even when the future looks  fuzzy, even now.  

Therefore, when we ask God to transform our thoughts  as the writer of Romans instructs us, we are asking Him  for better perspective, for clearer focus, for thoughts  that come from Him. This mindset helps us pray, and it  helps us trust. I can still ask God for what I’m wanting,  but I first acknowledge that His way is better than what  I could come up with, and I ask Him to help me see  it. He loves to do this for us, to open our hearts and  minds to His will, so we can transform our thoughts  as the writer of Romans instructs us, we are asking Him  for better perspective, for clearer focus, for thoughts  that come from Him. This mindset helps us pray, and it  helps us trust. I can still ask God for what I’m wanting,  but I first acknowledge that His way is better than what  I could come up with, and I ask Him to help me see  it. He loves to do this for us, to open our hearts and  minds to His will, so we can trust that when we pray  this specific prayer, it will be answered.

Prayer:

“Dear God, as I set aside time to pray this month,  please help my thoughts, wants, and prayers align  with You. I trust You and Your heart for me, for my  community, and for the world at large.

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