Prayer, Plain and Simple

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21  

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Faith is exercised continually through the gift of imagination which allows us to envision our future. Humans are the only animal with this gift, but we have a choice as to how we exercise it. We can choose to see that future either through the lens of faith in God or through the lens of fear which gives way to “vain imaginations” – useless, worrisome ruminating over the future.

Concern over scenarios that haven’t even come to pass can give way to physical manifestations of anxiety. How can we avoid vain imaginations, worry, anxiety, and all the mental instability they bring? A close look at Romans 1:21 gives us two keys.

1. Give God glory through living according to His Word.

2. Express thanks and live each day in gratitude to God.

Then we will have a different outcome; our imaginations will line up with faith in His Word. That faith will give way to living right and experiencing peace and joy. Who doesn’t want that?!

Dear Father,

I take captive my wild imagination today and command it to align with Your Truth – the rock that I stand on and the foundation of my thoughts and imaginations. I won’t allow my mind to wander in fear, envisioning a future that is not according to your Word. Instead, I will meditate on the confident hope I have in you. Forgive me for my wavering faith. Without faith I cannot please you, and my heart’s desire is to bring you pleasure.

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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