The expression “to be in a zone” or “to get into a zone” is the expression that best describes how I felt on Friday night. I was very tired from the week and I couldn’t stop zoning out. Being in a zone means to be completely unaware you of what’s going on around us because we are so focused on what’s going on in front of our face or in our head. My head was a war zone. It was a zone of overthinking and amplified negative thoughts due to fatigue and lack of sleep. As I was walking up the stairs to get to my bedroom, the Holy Spirit told me deep down inside that I needed to get out of that zone and enter the prayer zone. That suggestion was a game changer that night.
Getting into a negative zone in our head is very easy task. It doesn’t take much effort to get there. It’s a zone that is so close to us that we can easily live there. Some people spend their lives in that zone. It is sad and very unfortunate. Jesus came so we wouldn’t have to spend time in the danger zone. He came to bring deliverance and bring hope among other amazing things. When I started praying on Friday night, I felt very comforted. I entered a totally different zone. A zone where peace rules and hope abounds. The negative zone has become the comfort zone of many people. We find comfort in what we know. The goal is to make that war zone an uncomfortable zone that makes us feel like we don’t belong there. Let’s push negative thinking, fear, worry, low self-esteem and all sorts of mediocrity out of our system.
We all own an easy access pass to the war zone and we forget we also have backstage passes to the peace zone. Jesus came to give us life in abundance and part of that extraordinary life is peace. He encourages us to pray always because He knows that prayer will erase worry, delete anxiety and purge fear. Going into your peace zone will help you purge fear. It will bring faith back into the picture. I love getting into the prayer zone. It always helps. Always. I admit that sometimes life grabs me by the head and tries to make me forget about prayer, the number one weapon, but the prayer zone is the best place to be. In sports being in the zone implies increased focus and attention that allow higher levels of performance. Let’s increase our focus and attention by being prayerful and thankful when the war zone attempts to take over our peace zone. Stay in peace and walk out of the negative zone!
Suggested reading: Colossians 3:15; 1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:7