I wrote earlier this week on my Productive GRACE system.
- Get serious about the vision
- Required resources
- Author a plan
- Consistently execute the plan
- Effectively adapt to changes
This is the way that I attack problems in everyday life. The system is scalable and works for long term goals and short term goals alike. I’m following it up with a few posts that dive in more specifically. However, there is a pre-step. The pre-step is prayer. Pray First! Prayer is a great gift that believers in Jesus don’t fall on enough. It almost seems silly to write a list of reasons why we should pray about problems, but I think sometimes we all need reminders and at the very least I need the reminder (and this is my blog).
3 Reasons to Pray First
1) We are commanded to pray
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4.6)
When we are anxious, which is what I am when a problem arises, we are told to pray. I’ve often heard this verse summarized in this way, “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything”. Pray about the thing that is on your mind and heart. A loving father wants to hear from his children and specifically about those things that are making their hearts worry. Pray.
2) Prayer brings peace
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Talking to my loving Father who also is the Sovereign God of all creation brings peace. This peace goes beyond our mental capacities to understand, but it is truly there. The next time you are anxious about some problem or goal, pray about it.
3) Prayer puts things in perspective
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
When we pray about our anxious moments we are reminded that there is something greater than our worries or goals. There is God’s Kingdom. Those goals and worries shouldn’t be our first priority. God’s Kingdom coming is the thing that matters most. We need to capture perspective.
Next we’ll deal with what to do when there are problems. However, before we talk about attacking problems why don’t you spend some significant time praying about those problems. Let me point you to Philippians 4:4-7 and Matthew 6:25-34 for some further reading and study.