Today starts our new series, Taking Care of Your Mind, Body, and Soul. (I will be posting this series on Mondays instead of Thursday, as originally stated. :))
If a mother is going to be able to serve our husbands and children well, she is going to have to take care of herself mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Today’s focus on taking care of your mind, body, and soul is on the mind; specifically prayer.
Some days seem so busy that we don’t think we have time to pray, but we usually do make the time to make our beds, wash the dishes, do the laundry, eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, watch t.v., skim through news feeds, ect. We do have time to pray, and our decision on if we are going to choose to pray or not is vital to our mindset.
2 Corinthians 4:16 says, Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. What this means is that everyday our bodies are getting older and weaker, but our spirits have the ability to do just the opposite – our spirits have the ability to be renewed and grow stronger with each day. One way to grow stronger each day inwardly is through prayer.
Prayer will strengthen your spirit, renew your mind, reset your perspectives, and readjust your priorities.
There are a couple types of prayer: deep prayers and light prayers.
Deep prayers are prayers that you purposefully set a time aside for, in a quiet place, and you spend a good length of time communicating with God – praising, thanking, confessing, requesting. Your eyes might be closed, you’re alone, and it’s between you and God.
Luke 5:16 says, However, he (Jesus) continued his habit of retiring to deserted places and praying. (International Standard Version).
Imagine, Jesus having a habit of removing himself from people and distractions to pray. In the gospels we read of Jesus retreating to a mountain or a garden to be alone and pray. Jesus prayed often while He was here on earth. He also served many people, healed the sick, took time to fellowship with His disciples, ate meals with friends, traveled – and He still had time to pray.
Deep prayers = choice and habit. Make the choice to retreat and spend time in deep prayer every day to the point where it becomes a habit. Your deep prayers may be in the morning before you get out of bed, a time in the afternoon when you go to a special place to pray, or at night before you go to sleep. Seize opportunities to pray deep prayers – you’ll find there’s more time in your day to pray when you decide to pray more.
Light prayers are prayers that you say throughout your day wherever you are. The Bible tells us that Jesus gave thanks to God in front of thousands of people for the bread and fish before he multiplied it. (Luke 9:16) He was also praying as He was baptized. (Luke 3:21) We can do the same throughout our days – give thanks for the food you eat, give praise as you watch your children play, ask for wisdom as you guide your child through a difficult situation. These are light prayers that keep our eyes fixed on God and keep a stream of communication with Him. When we do this our minds will stay focused on truth, God’s will, and His perspective, thus helping us with our daily tasks.
Light prayers also = choice and habit. We can choose to go about our daily tasks alone, or we can choose to keep an open line of prayer and communication with God and receive His wisdom, strength, and help. The more we pray in the little moments, the more of a habit it will become – a good habit, not a complacent habit.
Hebrews 2:17,18 says, For this reason he (Jesus) had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Jesus knows what you are going through – He has been through it Himself so He can understand you and have mercy on you. What a gift to be able to renew and strengthen your inward spirit every day by praying to the One who understands you and understands it all.
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”
~ Max Lucado