“… Take captive every thought, to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Pet. 5:8
"Why pray? If God already knows what he is going to do and he is in total control, what is the point of praying?"
Remember, Prayer is not so much about moving God as it is about Him moving us. You cannot be in the presence of God and come away from that experienced unchanged. One of the most profound changes that can take place is the changing in our quality of thinking.
A friend gave me a book called, "The Human Operating System: An Owner's Manual" by the Senn Delany Company. It contained one of the most helpful and practical tools I have ever come across, and it has become a part of my prayer time. This little tool called, "The Mood Elevator" is now taped in the cover of my prayer journal.
The moment-to-moment fluctuations in the quality of our thinking affect the way we feel, or our moods. When experiencing higher-quality thinking, we have feelings at the higher end of the elevator, such as gratitude, generosity, creativity, insight, appreciation, compassion and understanding. When we are experiencing lower-quality thinking, we have feelings like impatience, frustration, hostility, anxiety and judgment.
Higher-quality thinking gives us greater "emotional intelligence." If we can learn to identify the quality of our thinking, we will begin to make better choices, exhibit more effective behaviors more often, and avoid less-than-effective behaviors.
We’re all human … we all ride up and down the Mood Elevator. We cannot always be at the top of our game, nor will we always be at the bottom. We may visit a level like "judgmental" or "frustrated," but its human to feel…sometimes we feel good and sometimes we don't. But if it’s just a feeling I can choose different thoughts to dwell on that will move me up a few levels.
Unfortunately, you've probably met people who seem to have permanently set up shop on these levels. Being aware can help us avoid being "trapped" at the bottom of the Mood Elevator.
Every day, I simply begin by logging my mood state. This helps me to get present to what is driving me and what I need to bring before the Lord. I pray specifically to move up .
Getting quiet in the presence of God, "counting your blessings," choosing gratitude, will actually improve the quality of your thinking and improve your relationships. When we live according to our feelings. We will miss out on God-given opportunities. Doors will close for us that should have been opened.
On the journey with you,