Negativity is present throughout the world. It is so easy to be dragged down with the world that has been soaked in this negativity. No matter what kind of day we may be having… negative, harmful thoughts can come at any point destroy our spirit. We do not choose for these thoughts to happen. However, they will still come. This is why it is important for us to look up to God, and think on things above.
We as Christians must be disciplined in our thinking so that we can choose to think on what is true and uplifting, rather than what is false and harmful. However, this is much easier said than done. This is where the spiritual disciplines of meditation and solitude come in. In order to set ourselves up to not be harmed by the negative thinking of the world, we must find time to get away from all of the other voices that are screaming negativity and focus only on the Lord´s voice. Jesus did this in Mark 1:35. It says, ¨And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.¨ Jesus even had to find the time to get away from everyone else and only focus on God.
God wants us to set apart time for just Him. It can be so easy to get caught up in Bible studies, church services, counseling sessions, youth groups, and yet still be missing a personal relationship with God. Let this be a challenge to you to make room in your busy schedule to meet with God in a personal way so that you can focus on what He has for you… whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise.
Today in Prayer
Quiet Place: Mark 1:35
- Pray for a greater desire to devote extended time getting alone with God this week.
- Pray for increased focus during your prayer time, allowing you to add time for silence.
- Practice the memory verse you chose yesterday.
“But in that silence we will find a kind of freedom that gives us space to apply our minds to the goodness and glories of the living God.”
~ A.J. Swoboda