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18 Aug

Over the past year there have been several occasions when I wanted to through a strop and retreat to my cave.To no longer be a parent, administrator or prayer co-ordinator to name but a few! To give in. To let the waters swallow me up! But, here I am writing this, still a parent (to two amazing boys!), still an administrator and a prayer co-ordinator. Yet I am still dealing with the frustrations that life brings.

Alongside all of this, I have been thinking a great deal recently about our minds.

Romans 12:2 says this;

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… Romans 12:2 NKJV

God can do amazing things in our lives, but one thing he does not control is our minds. We have to set our hearts on renewing our minds (to mix metaphors!). What we put in is what we get out. After all, are we surprised that after generation upon generation has told each other that Darwin was right and that we are merely animals, that then people behave like them?

Paul in his letter to church at Colosse, encourages them with this simple phrase;

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;  Colossians 4:2 NKJV

He called the church to pray, to be vigilant, to set aside time to do it, to make sure that they were doing it. Paul was calling the church to set their minds to it and to renew their minds with the importance of prayer and the importance of thanksgiving.

He also says in his letter to the Philippians;

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 NKJV

What constitutes the true, the noble, the just, pure, lovely, of good report and praiseworthy? The answer as with all good Bible studies, is Jesus!

When was the last time we stopped and meditated on Jesus?

I also came across this quote on twitter this morning;

A desire to quit confirms the greatness of your passion to ignore mundane living and is proof that you must continue.

It really inspired me! Many people along the way have quit at all sorts of things.

When marriage gets difficult or hard work, spouses walk away.

When churches get too hard, people find a different congregation.

When prayer goes on and on, we give up or claim that God’s will is not in it!

Psalm 37:4 says;

Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

The word ‘desires’ can also be translated and possible more accurately as petitions. Which is more than something I just want, it is something that I have thought about. It is something that really matters to me enough to continue in prayer, with thanksgiving, for.

Believing in Jesus doesn’t make our problems go away; in fact in pretty much intensifies them!  But, what it does do is give us a bigger picture to what is actually going on. Jesus asked His Father if there was any way of not enduring the cross. He, it seemed wanted to give up. But he pushed on, ignored mundane living and we can also because he already has!

We believe that prayer makes a difference, that God has leveraged an insane amount of importance in prayer and that by renewing our minds on the life of Jesus we pray with eternity in view.

One of EJ’s favourite songs has the lines;

You’re God of the Big. God of the little. God of the stuff somewhere in the middle! You’re the king of moving mountains!

I need to know this God!

Perhaps you feel like giving up on today and tomorrow as well! May you be refreshed by the renewing of your mind that God is for you not against you! He’s the God of the big, little and everything else.

Talk to him and tell him your greatest need at this time. Tell Him what inspires you, your dreams and what is causing you pain. Where do you need a refreshing from the Holy Spirit?

What will you petition God for and how long will you persevere?

May you continue in your prayers, meditating on Jesus, giving thanks for all that He has done and will do! We press on towards the goal, refuse mundane living and live for our passion!

Grace and Peace,

Steve

Father, forgive me for giving in.

Thank you for your word. Teach it to me that I may pray boldly.

May I learn to dig deep and continue in prayer all the days of my life

Thank you for your grace!

May I see my prayers answered; Your Kingdom come, Your will be done!

Holy Spirit, Help!

In Jesus name, Amen

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