Yesterday, I read an article in which the author noted that human beings think up to 1500-words per minute. That’s equivalent to a personal dialogue. From this continuous self dialogue we develop an internal script. This script is a reflection of what we think and believe about ourselves and abilities at every given moment.
Often, during changing times and season; shifts, and transitions, it is natural to look within us to find strength to press on. However, what we find is the script. Even when we birth a vision or make mistakes, we look within to our self-authored script, self-published on the walls of our hearts. If our internal scripts are skewed by negative thoughts and signed by the doom and gloom of our unsupportive environments, we enter mood swings, compare ourselves with our peers, become depressed, think less of ourselves, and often give up. That’s why the the Lord elaborately encourages you and me in the Book of Proverbs to:
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts (1)”
To enjoy a fulfilled life, one in which we discover, obtain strategy for, and live out our purpose, it helps to first change that internal script within us. Because if we don’t, our negative internal scripts, will sabotage whatever success we achieve along the way. We can change that internal script by consistently tuning into the heavenly script, God’s thoughts toward us and his plans for us.
This is the wisdom for repetition that births belief. And prayer is the key, the premiere tool in the birth of self-belief and self-esteem, the kind that aligns your current internal script with the one God has, the angels assigned to you work with you use. Wouldn’t you want to be on the same page with God and the real you?
Prayer is the alarm clock of the divine within you. Prayer reminds you of God’s divine nature in you. It awakens the sleeping giant within. It is soul food. For a redeemed person, it awakens the full divine nature merged with God’s own Spirit. For the unsaved person, it awakens that connection of eternity already within and inspires them to search out The TRUTH, the Way, and the Life.
Prayer is a way of reconnecting the spark of the divine in you to God, the source. By doing this, you are constantly exposed to the possibility of growth and increase, to what you (with the spirit of God in you) are capable of. Think increased capacity to do and become. Think of it as being elevated to a level of fully being so that you can fully live. This is so because through prayer you rest, exist, and find your truest identity as it was originally designed with intent to be.
Prayer addresses the core elements that limit who you are and challenges, head-on, any false internal scripts you may have of yourself. Prayers tunes your mind, will, and emotions into things like these:
Addressing thinking, mistakes, and shame:
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Never say anything that isn’t true. Having nothing to do with lies and misleading words. Look straight ahead with honest confidence; don’t hang your head in shame. Plan carefully what you do, and what ever you do will turn out right. Avoid evil and walk straight ahead. Don’t go one step off the right way (2)”
Self-Esteem & Belief in Oneself:
“Do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you (3)”
In short, think highly of yourself, but be modest. You are made in the image of God, you are worth it. In fact, your worth is the blood of Jesus. That’s how valuable you are.
“Everything is possible for one who believes (4)”
Against Current and Future Worry (Personal or Other):
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (5)”
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me (6)”
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go (7)”
It is a work in process that gradually helps our thoughts transition into a place of fullness.
Every time you speak a word or sentence consistently about yourself, you reconfigure your mind and disciple your heart in the process. That’s what prayer is. It first changes you
Now, imagine what your internal script will be like when you consistently connect with God through prayer. Imagine what it will be like when you continuously meditate prayerfully on this heavenly thoughts about you. I bet it would positively shift your self-image and mindset into where it needs to be for the task at hand and the challenges you will face.
When I was growing up, I used to hear my mother and grandmother sing an African song with this lyric:
“Prayer is the key, prayer is the key, prayer is the master key. Jesus started with prayers and ended with prayers. Prayer is the master key.”
Now, I get it!
Don’t stop praying. Keep praying. If you don’t see change, don’t worry. Consistent prayers build momentum that subsequently roll away the stone. At the end, you will realize you just grew muscles while trying to push on the stone with prayers. It will change you as it builds momentum to change things around you. the prayers may not seem to have any effect now, but it creates the path for your story to unfold beginning with your personal narrative. So, keep praying.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to believe while you pray.
Wishing you good health and prosperity this week. Be at peace and find your rest in Jesus name.
Notes: (1) Proverbs 4:23, (2) Proverbs 4:23-27, (3) Romans 12:3, (3) Mk 9:23, (4) Phil 4:6-7, (5), (6) John 14:1-2, (7) Joshua 1:9
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