A Prayerful Mindset A blog post for Treasuring Christ Curriculum (posted February 7, 2012) By Kristin Martin, intern http://www.treasuringchristonline.com/a-prayerful-mindset/ Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27 ESV) My mother recently used the phrase "praying in the Spirit." When she said that I realized praying about what I should be praying about or how the Holy Spirit can guide me in what I pray for hasn’t really been on my radar until lately. But I’ve found it’s a way to let him lead me and to truly wait and listen for his guidance. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV) “Pray without ceasing.” If I am constantly in prayer, I'll be in the Holy Spirit more as well. What a good mindset I’d have if I was talking to God 24/7! Look then what God has given us: not just the opportunity to speak to Him whenever, but guidance through the Holy Spirit in that prayer. My thoughts can be a jumbled, incomprehensible mess, yet my Father will hear and understand me. Most of my jumble comes from worry, confusion, and other unnecessary things anyway; that’s where verse 28 should kick in: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) Silly me. Why did I worry? He’s got it under control. He’s given me a way to seek his guidance. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7 ESV)
A blog post I wrote as an intern for Treasuring Christ Curriculum, Spring 2012.