“We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” ~ II Corinthians 10:5
My Bible study group has decided to spend the next several weeks using a study designed to encourage a contemplative prayer life. Part of the purpose is to get to the point in prayer where God can speak to us, instead of just rattling off a list of wants to Him and going on with our day.
To be honest, I really struggle with quiet times. I may be an introvert, but sitting down to quietly focus on prayer and study of God’s Word means suddenly my brain is running off in a million directions. My friend Polly uses the phrase, “monkey mind” to describe it – that your mind is jumping all over the place, and I think that is a very accurate description. My brain goes especially monkey mind when I’m trying to go to sleep, whirring and buzzing late into the night.
However, I can’t help but notice how self-centered my monkey mind is. The focus is always me, me, me. This is another reason that I think working on the discipline of bringing my thoughts under control when I pray is important – because it means the focus is no longer on me; it’s on God, where it belongs.
We are called to destroy the obstacles that keep people from knowing God and to take every thought captive. Even though my brain isn’t thinking evil thoughts when it goes monkey mind, my distractedness is preventing me from knowing God better. And knowing God is what we have been called to do, so I’m working to be able to do just that.