Prayer?

“Worry is praying for the worst.” -Kevin Elko

I don’t know that i’ve ever thought of prayer in this way. Of the negative possibility of prayer. It’s very backwards because prayer is always a good thing, right? You don’t pray for bad stuff. Ever. Because it might come true. (insert irony) But what if prayer is also about my own focus? What if what i think and pray and mentally repeat has some power or effect? If so, i need to pay attention to where my mind wanders.

The way a man thinks deep down changes him from the inside out. I like to think of the apostle, Paul, keeping a 3×5 card of the things he ought to be thinking about regularly. This painting by Doménikos Theotokópoulos depicts it nicely.

Whenever and whatever you pray for, meditate on or think about; focus on these good things… and read this book: The Difference Maker, John C. Maxwell

HT: Eric Musselman via Henry Abbott.

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3 Comments on “Prayer?”

  1. meg says:

    Since we are made in the image of God and He is the ultimate creator of things in every dimension, I have wondered if complaining about another person in any way is actually cursing them, in a sense giving the enemy permission to do them harm! I wouldn’t be surprised!
    Mind wandering? “Bring every thought captive to the Lordship of Jesus Christ”
    It often goes against my desire for free will. Ah, Romans 7-8!

  2. futuristguy says:

    Maybe if hope represents “sanctified imagination” about a positive, preferable, and providential future, then maybe worry represents the opposite.

    P.S. So, how many people do we know who would name El Greco by his given name instead of his artiste name? El Coolo, dudeo!

    P.P.S. Do you think his elongated figures were due to astigmatism? Or imaginative perception?

  3. Mike Ash says:

    you did it…you plugged a maxwell…well done


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