Sometimes I control my thoughts. But most times, I overdo it. When it’s overdone we call it overthinking. When that happens, it’s like one is working in their mind. It is exhausting. However, that wasn’t the major reason for writing this article.I also think we should have a day to celebrate overthinkers because it’s too much work on our end.
Here is the raw deal. A few days past, I was seated somewhere when a verse came to my mind. It was Philippians 4:6, where we are encouraged to pray about everything. Everyone takes this verse a little too lightly when it cuts deep. As the word says in Hebrews 4 verses 12, the word of God is active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrows come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart. This is the effect every word from the bible ought to have on every being. When God tells us to pray about everything, He knows that there is nothing we can do without Him. Some of us decide to pray about some things we consider pertinent, but ignore others that we assume to be finding no reason to involve God in them, which is a gross error.
We most often pray for a job, but fail to pray for a good working environment, a good salary or a good place to grow. At times we pray for a wonderful day, but we don’t pray for God to be involved in everything we get involved in, including walking around the office. Truth is, it takes God’s grace to even lift your feet from the ground. We often pray about getting a child but forget to pray about the condition of the child. Indeed every child is a blessing whether normal or disabled, but we still need to tell God what we want. We pray for children but fail to pray for God to take away defective genes and characters from them.
As an individual, you know yourself too well to realize that there is a character or something you inherited from your parents that you wouldn’t want anyone to have, including your worst enemies. You can choose to pray for God to take them away from your child and retain the good ones. At other times we ask God to bless us with a house but fail to request him to help us fill the house. We also ask him to bless us with boyfriends(chuckles) but fail to ask him to give us good fathers for our future children. Additionally we may ask God to bless us with money, but fail to ask him to guide us in our spending.
There is so much that we pray for, but instead, we overlook almost everything else attached to it, or the responsibility borne by it. God wants us to mention everything to him. Personally, I have seen Him work in ways we can’t imagine and even on what we didn’t pray for. My encouragement is that, whenever you pray and ask for things, do not have a fixed mind, but an open mind. God may choose any of the three answers to our request: yes, no, or wait. Depending on the answer please note that He wants the best for you.
In first John chapter 5 verses 14 to 15 we are encouraged to pray to God because he listens and according to his will, he will answer us.
May you find it in your heart to always pray for everything and not to let any bit of worry bring you down.