It happens time and again. I take off on my bike, hungry for the open road, speed, freedom, the wonderful scents of nature, a physical challenge and emotional cleansing. About half an hour into the ride I ask myself, "What have I been thinking about?" The answer is usually the same, "I don't know" or "Nothing". "Well", the conversation with myself continues, "Why don't you think about something that matters?" That's when the dilemma arises; what to think about.
I could think about me; my life, my feelings, my thoughts, my desires. Or, I could think about God and others.
Yesterday I chose God and others, and it was life-giving.
Jill and I have been involved with several couples and individuals recently who are engaged in struggles for faith, for marriage and for understanding clear purpose and meaning in their lives. The enemy has been harassing them, and they need help to continue standing through the onslaught.
"I need to invest as much time and energy as possible in intercession for them" my spirit told me. Thus, I went through the list, one by one, praying over their circumstances, asking Father's protection and provision, and pushing back the demonic forces attempting to choke them.
As I strained physically to turn the cranks up steep hills, and focused my adrenaline to steer down exhilarating descents I invested spiritual, mental and emotional energy in prayer for others.
When I think about me I'm not thinking about God or others because it is impossible to dwell on two things at the same time.
When I think about God, Jesus and Holy Spirit I get lost in a peaceful joy that makes everything well with my soul, no matter my circumstances.
When I think about others I am walking in the footsteps of Jesus who put the needs of others ahead of His own.
God doesn't need our attention, but we do need to attend to Him. We were made to need Him.
Others are vulnerable to the enemy's schemes when they aren't in intimate fellowship with other believers and protected by our intercessory prayers.
What are you thinking about? Who are you thinking about?
Would you think about and pray for me? Know that I'm thinking about and praying for you.
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