God has given each of us an extraordinary mind that we will never excavate the depths of, in this lifetime. Nonetheless as a Christ follower, we are required to situate our minds.
In the complexity of our chaotic world, life’s circumstances and challenges will compel our attention. Then as we try to center our attention during times of focused prayer, we become distracted.
Brother Lawrence put it this way, “One way to recollect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquility, is not to let it wander too far at other times. You should keep it strictly in the presence of God; and being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to “pray without ceasing,”(KJV.) Staying in a mental posture of prayer leads to life and peace, Romans 8:6 (NLT.) We can make a conscious choice to not copy the behaviors and customs of non-Christians, instead letting God transform us by changing the way we think, Romans 12:2 (NLT.)
As you move throughout your today and feel yourself slipping back into negative thought patterns, why not follow Brother Lawrence’s advice? Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes ad infinitum.
Have a GREAT JESUS filled day!