Prayer is a mechanism that is meant for readjusting the mind to the heart. If the heart has the agenda, the mind is to have all the tasks pertaining to the agenda. But sometimes our minds become occupied with things and notions from external sources with the purpose of keeping our minds away from the agenda. “What is the agenda?”, we should ask. The agenda is love.
Should our minds seek to convince us of anything, whatever such thing may be, is to be reflective of love ❤️? Hearts, minds, works. The heart is to command. The mind is to appropriate all possible resources for such command to be fulfilled. The body is to be used as a tool for carrying out the commands of the heart through the resources thought by the mind.
There are many things that the body can do without the mind being conscious of what’s happening. The body can be sleeping, reacting, resting and even working without the mind’s awareness of any such. The body can be hurting too without much understanding in the mind. Our mind 💭, I believe, can accept or take on tasks from other minds without much reverence our own heart ❤️. When we see others acting mercilessly, we often refer to them as one without a heart. It’s not that the heart is absent, but rather appears to be absent I would conclude. Sadly, we can ignore the commands of our own hearts due to fear and pressure from the minds of others. Some pressures are delivered by others through physical abuse. In doing so, we hold our breath and expose the body through extreme stresses believing this would be our last instance of being pushed or forced to do anything that we ourselves do not agree with deep down inside. In such cases, it’s not that the heart is missing but that it’s separated from the knowledge of the love of God for the whole being.
Without God having regenerated our hearts, continuing to regenerate our minds, we would probably be as dead as our we once were as we trusted in things that pass. In our minds, anything would have found its residence filter-free. All the credits be to God who regenerated our hearts with the hope of eternal life through Christ in Him. The call to pray without ceasing is not one to address by anxiety but understanding, understanding the need, purpose and ultimate goal of prayer.
The regeneration of our body is to happen at its proper time. Until then, we pray to recalibrate our minds back to the heart ❤️ where Christ resides so that our peace, our joy, our hope be manifested through the body through good works, works reminding us of our need of God and provision by God, such provision who is Christ Jesus in the person of the Holy Spirit.
As often as, His Spirit moves you, pray with eyes open or closed, standing, kneeling, or sitting, with words or groaning, with songs or without, loud or quiet, hourly, by the minute, yearly, at sunset or sundown, in public or in private, while awake or in your dreams. Pray like you breathe, pray as you breathe. The mind constantly needs readjustment. The heart constantly needs re-acknowledgment. The body constantly needs good use, the application that manifest the knowledge of the love of God through Christ Jesus for us.
As Paul once said,
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
When your heart commands you to do that which only love can, would, should, ought to, and must do, you are to present your requests to God in the name of Christ Jesus. Only God can do what God commands us to do. As love, he commands us to love and empowers us to love, for “not by our might or power but by His Spirit”, for, at times, we do not even know what to pray for. But all the credits be to God who unceasingly intercedes on our behalf by His Spirit to his revealing through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Church, if we will have ever done anything good, it will have been none other but that which reminds us of the love of God in Christ Jesus.
As Christ had said of himself to always be there until the end of time: