How To Pray When Our Mind Is Spinning

Sometimes my mind spins in so many directions that I stress my self out. I can’t focus or settle inside. Then I get frustrated, which seems to fuel my spin pace . . . and I just wanna scream or cry or run away for the day.

. . . There’s that project I need to tackle, but I’m not sure how best to approach it, so I just keep putting it off. There are calls I want or need to make, only I can’t seem to find the right time when there’s enough time to talk. Always, there’s that pile on the counter that I need to just deal with—but, y’all, every time I remove two items, at least four more materialize. What’s with that? And then there are those matters that I simply need to think through, process, and weigh, yet allotting time for those seems to require that I sacrifice  time earmarked for something else. Do you ever feel like this, or is it just me?

So the other day, when I was having one of those days, I vented, God help me! I guess I halfway expected Him to transform everything right there on the spot—which He can do, because He’s God. But that didn’t happen.

What did happen is God got my attention. All along He was with me . . . I just wasn’t with Him. My mind dwelt on the pile of things I needed to do and how inadequate I felt to accomplish most of it.

God waited for me to turn to Him—to take my thoughts and feelings to Him and dwell in Him. All along, He was right there, holding me. Our loving God holds you and me. Do we talk with Him as though He’s holding us? You and I are His Beloved. BELOVED. When this is my approach, I feel secure.
Try it.

When we turn to God, we practice trusting Him. We decide to rely on Him. Instead of leading our way, we ask for His.

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5.3)

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56.3)

“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62.8)

Welcome God in to your thoughts—as you drive, wait in a line, take a walk, vacuum, shower, or stare at that pile on the counter.

God, I commit this day to you. Help me be present to your presence today.
God, I am overwhelmed. Please help me unload all this to you.
You are faithful. You are with me. I am your Beloved.

Invite Him to join that conversation. Better yet, ask Him to lead you through—with your boss, a co-worker, your husband, child, a friend.

God, help me only say what you want me to say.
Give me understanding, insight, and grace.
Please heal, strengthen, and grow this relationship your way. 

Include Him as you think through that project or assignment, ponder that looming decision, or consider the best way forward in a challenging relationship.

God, I don’t know how to go forward. I need your wisdom and guidance.
Please protect me.
Help me trust you, discern your will, and follow you.

Live like a lifelong learner. Every day we learn and practice. When we pray, we practice relying on God. We draw near.  Try it.

The Best Time To Pray

DSC01042Are you tired?
Do you have a significant decision to make?
Is big change around the corner – or happening right now?
Is an issue overwhelming you?

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4.8a)

This is the answer – every day and for every matter. Go to God.

Say what you’re thinking TO GOD. Relationship builds through time spent together and sharing.

God is every where you are, so talk to him there. . . As you fold the laundry or unload the dishwasher, taking a walk, driving to or from work, as you go up or down the stairs, in the carpool line, or sitting in the bleachers watching your child. 

DSC01631The ordinary day commands that we engage with our children, adults, our job, and other responsibilities. God knows this. Still, he says move close and he will move close.

What happens as we draw near?
We move closer to the One who loves us more than anyone on earth. We demonstrate we choose him over all our thoughts and everybody else.

What happens when God draws near?
He loves – He holds our heart and calms our fear.
He pours peace – The Prince of Peace fills our hollows with calm.
He responds – He meets us where we are, hopes we’ll stay real close, and helps us to follow his way.
He helps us pray – He fills our heart with his will, with what he knows is best.

Video #9 is packed with examples for prayer. Take a look on your phone at home. Take a listen (audio) while you’re in your car or exercising.

Dear God, Help me move closer to you and experience your nearness even more. Please prompt me to pray throughout the day. Amen.