Yesterday I spent most of the day running errands around San Diego with my best friend’s mother. When we were at lunch I asked her to send me a screenshot of something she had on her iPhone but she wasn’t sure what I meant. She is pretty good with iPhones but she didn’t know what a screenshot was. There is a number of functions she had never used on her phone because no one had shown her. It made me think about how there are “spiritual functions” at our disposal that we don’t know about. God has given us a number of tools we can use on a regular basis but we are not always aware of them. Our relationship with the Lord comes with an arsenal that allows us to deal with everyday life. Here are two powerful tools that are available to us but that we don’t always take advantage of.
1. Meditation. Meditation is something frowned upon by many Christians because they think it’s just an eastern practice that opens the door to bad things. God mentions meditation a few times in the Bible. We are encouraged to meditate on His Word. To meditate is to think deeply or to focus one’s mind for a period of time for religious or spiritual purposes. Thinking deeply about scriptures or about God is a powerful way to go about getting closer to the Lord. It helps your spirit relax and shut down the world so you can be open to the Word. Do you think deeply about certain things during the day? We all do. Meditating on the Lord is a great way to refocus on the right priorities. Let’s not underestimate the value of meditation.
2. Praying for anyone. As a young Christian I believed that we could only pray for other Christians and the only prayers we could say for non believers were for them to get saved. The Bible invites us to pray all the time. It also tells us to walk in love with everyone. Praying for someone is a great demonstration of love. Pray for anyone. Sprinkle love all around by doing so. It is a very powerful tool that will squash the enemy when he tries to attack. It is like declaring that you walk in love and you promote Jesus and not hatred. Praying for anyone also implies that we are open to anyone. Discrimination is not from God. Segregation is not from God. We should be friends with anyone. It doesn’t mean that we have to develop strong connections with just anyone. Jesus spent time with people who didn’t believe in God. He let Himself be a positive influence on them by just spending time with them. Just because someone doesn’t believe in God doesn’t mean we can’t pray for them to be blessed and to be protected. Praying for anyone is an essential tool in our spiritual kit.
Let’s pray that we find out more about what we can do in Christ. Let’s be sure we know all the functions of our spiritual iPhones so to speak so that we get enlightened just like my best friend’s mother was yesterday.
Suggested reading: Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 104:34; 2 Timothy 2:7