If you’re anything like me, when I have trouble or stress in my life all I want to do is eat, complain, and remain as inactive as possible. Hey, I’m just being honest. Can you relate?
Lately, God has been leading me into a particular season of prayer. It’s been one of seeking his heart and hearing his voice. Life hasn’t necessarily been full of trouble or difficulty recently, but it has presented a lot of busyness. And if you’re like me, busyness has the tendency to distract. Auto-pilot becomes a natural and sub-conscious state of being.
When we come to realize that we are in this ‘funk,’ three key actions will aid to reset our priorities and improve our spiritual mental capacity.
Romans 12:12 reminds you and I to “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Here’s what we can take away from this one powerful verse.
- Rejoice in hope – That’s right, we have real hope in the promises of God. His word is reliable. And whether we can feel him actively involved in our circumstances or not, we can be reassured in the hope that we really do ‘know’ that he is.
- Be patient in tribulation – In our pain, misery, and distress we can easily allow ourselves to become anxious. But God’s word instructs us to be patient. For me, this is a kind reminder that life comes in seasons. They all come and go. Sure, some last longer than others. But patience allows us to chill out while God is doing his thing. He’s not oblivious to your current state of life. Release your stress to him and trust.
- Be constant in prayer – ‘Constant’…meditation is what comes to mind here. Prayer doesn’t always have to be kneeling in a dark closet (I’m not sure I’ve ever even done this). I would suggest that ‘constant in prayer’ simply means to remain in a state of continual awareness of God’s involvement in our lives throughout the day. My prayer life totally changed once I learned how to remain mindful of God’s presence around me throughout my entire day…AND once I learned the habit of talking with him in the midst of that presence.
So, try this today. Write it down. Ask a friend or spouse to join in this quest with you. Claim your joy in the hope we have in God, move patiently through the season you are in, and saturate your days in prayer.
Comments, prayer requests, and questions are welcome below.