As I work with them, these struggles are very vague and are difficult to describe. This contributes to the overwhelming and confused feelings most people experience as a result of these issues as they seem endless and never-ending.
One discipline I find really helpful and almost essential for most, at least at the start of their personal transformation process is journaling. You see, when I ask patients to journal about the struggle issue, a common response is, “I don’t know where to start,” or “I don’t have enough paper to write about the whole issue.”
Once they start writing about it, they are forced to become very concrete, practical, and methodical as they dig in to the elements of the issue. They are always amazed at the insights they get, how little paper they end up using, and how much simpler the issue really is. Journaling reveals some very deep truths and insights about us and our heart.
Prayer accomplishes the same results(and more) through the same process. As you really think about what to pray for and why, you are verbally journaling with God. God wants you to come to Him, and one reason is it makes us analyze ourself and our situations in a meaningful and deep way.
God’s word tells us repeatedly to bring our petitions to him through prayers with thanksgiving. Regardless of how He answers your prayers, each prayer transaction comes with this promise; His peace will guard your heart and mind and will keep Him close to you. Pray more!
Today, pray more, and not just that rote, vague, superficial prayer we whip out. Really do some mental, even pen and pencil, journaling about what and why you pray for and about. Your eyes will be opened to see more of your heart and desires. Do they align with God’s.
Dear Father God, I come to You with an open, thankful heart. And while I bring my requests and petitions to You, I know that You know exactly what I need and when I need it. Help me learn and believe that not getting my request answered as I desire does not mean no, rather that You will say yes to something better. I pray today that I may increase my intimacy with You. Please help me remove all the aspects of my life that hinders my intimacy with You. Help me understand more of what is in my heart and really put you in the center. I pray this in the name the one who knew His heart exactly, Jesus Christ – and all God’s children say, AMEN!
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.