6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus
This is the first in a series we will entitle “Short Stack”. A ‘word bite’ of sorts where you don’t have to digest too much but still fill your soul with encouragement.
This short stack is something which struck me a few days ago, and something I shared with my son when he was struggling with an issue which he thought he had already decided upon.
Quite often you think you have worked through a concern with God only to find that it begins to worry you days or weeks later. Its as though you hadn’t prayed at all.
Here’s what the problem might be.
Sometimes we pray from our minds not our hearts. Sometimes our minds don’t have a full grasp of what we really believe. Scripture tells us that with our hearts we believe and with our mouths confess. I have found that our hearts often hide truth that even our own thoughts can’t fathom.
God is truth. He wants and expects truth from us. Sometimes we need to tell God what is in our hearts not our minds. It requires some deeper meditation, some real honest open discussion with God about how you feel, both good and bad, and may even involve some confession. You may have a bad attitude without realising it. You might just be blaming God for something.
The really exciting thing about God is that He isn’t offended when we share honestly with him. He listens and appreciates truth. When we speak from the heart and confess what is contained therein he is able to take the burden (especially if it is sin) and give us rest. Our heart has been called ‘deceitfully wicked – who can know it’ (Jeremiah 17:9). We are also told to guard our hearts above all else because from out of our hearts flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). Jesus said he came to heal the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61). So if our hearts are broken or tainted or affected by sinful attitudes, we are not going to have an abundant and fruitful prayer life. We need to get our hearts right with God and not just pray prayers from our knowledge and opinions.
I find that every time I go back to God and really examine my heart and speak from the truth of the matter, I come away from my conversation with Him with an uplifted heart and a quietness and peace which stays with me for the day.
Bless you and may God help you to know Him in a deeper way.