by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2, NIV)
We’re taking this week to look at the reasons prayers of thanksgiving are so important. We’ve explored how God inhabits the praises of his people and that we need to get God’s perspective during the times we face troubles, because he wants you to be like Jesus. Today we’re going to focus on what tends to happen in the mind during times of trial.
When challenges arise, it’s easy to allow them to play on a loop inside your head. But thanksgiving and praise breaks that loop. It helps you to refocus your attention on the One who is greater than every challenge. Just read through King David’s psalms. Time and again he wrote of his troubles and of God’s glorious power. He was refocusing his attention on the One who had all the answers to his troubles.
Taking time to pray and praise helps break the negative and anxious loop playing in your head. It helps you to get God’s perspective and praise him in all things, knowing it brings him in the scene. If you set your mind on the things of heaven, even when you have to endure things that feel like they belong somewhere much farther south, then God is with you there, too.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I know how easy it is to obsess over the troubles I face in this world. I praise and pray, knowing that I want my mind to focus on you and the things of heaven, even when it feels distant. I come to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.