Imagineering – Everyday With Jesus Daily Devotional for 9th September 2019
Isaiah 26:1-13 – ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind [imagination] is stayed on thee’ (v3, KJV)
We saw yesterday that one of the most important lessons we can learn about prayer is that of getting our initial focus right.We focus upon God before we begin to focus on ourselves.
How many times, when making an approach to God in prayer, have we gone immediately into a series of petitions that have to do with our problems, our difficulties, our circumstances?.
Also read: Getting the right focus
And so, by focusing our attention on what is troubling us, we end up wondering whether or not God is big enough, or strong enough to help us.
In the first four words of our Lords prayer, Jesus shows us a better way, He tells us to take a slow, calm, reassuring gaze at God – at His tenderness. His eagerness to give, his unwearying patience and untiring love.
The result of this, of course, is that we develop a calmness and tranquility in our spirit, which means we will find it no longer necessary to plunge into a panicky floods of words.
Also read: Jesus reveals the Father
In some part of the world, one can enroll in courses called IMAGINEERINg- courses that our designed to stimulate creative imagination. Many of our problems begin in the imagination hence the instruction in the word of our text for today.
One can never become proficient in prayer said one writer until the imagination has been redeemed. What did he mean? He meant that when the imagination is redeemed from self concentration, sex concentration, sin concentration and makes God his prime focus.
Then it becomes creative-conscious, since its attention is concentration on the creator and the re-creator. And when the imagination is redeemed, all the doors of the personality fly open.
LORD GOD, HELP ME TO BECOME CALM AND TRANQUIL, AND HELP MY IMAGINATION BE MORE GOD-CENTERED THAN SELF-CENTERED. HELP ME TO BE A GOD-FOCUSED PERSON, NOT ONLY AT PRAYER TIMES, BUT AT ALL TIMES, AMEN.