Women's Prayer Team - Week 33
Recently, I read a post by Craig Groeschel about leadership. He discussed training our minds and spirit to be open to “seeing problems as opportunities for something new. You can have control, or you can have growth, but you can’t have both." I thought this was such a good reminder of how we often get frustrated when difficult situations occur. Whether these situations happen with your family, job, or friends. You can’t control other people’s actions, but you can control how you respond to it.
When I was younger, I went to a Christian school from Kindergarten till 9th grade. My parents informed me that I would be switching schools for 10th grade. My world had flipped upside down and was not happy about starting something new. In my mind, this was the biggest problem in the world. I couldn’t control my parents’ decision. I had to look at this situation and realize that there was a reason why they decided to change my plans. My parents would constantly tell me that I needed to be a light around me. In all honestly, they would call me out when I wasn’t living for the Lord as I should. This was a wakeup call where I grew a lot. My faith was challenged constantly, and I am very grateful for Godly parents who pushed me to be more like Christ, even though it was hard to hear at the time.
I hope that this post and story encouraged you because if you are anything like me, you like to have control of your environment. Often, we are not in control, and people might tell us something we are doing is wrong, or people might criticize something about you.
It’s better to be open to change because that’s where growth happens.
I hope that you feel encouraged by reading these verses!
“Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
that you may be wise in your latter days.”
“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will
be still wiser;
teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove
what is that good
and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
PRAYER TIP #33 - Pray for a Teachable Mind & Spirit
After reading these verses, I have found that the Lord is so faithful in changing my perspective on this topic. It is so much better to have a teachable mind and spirit than to be a person who thinks they know better. The Lord always has a better plan, and He sometimes uses people in our lives to encourage us and call us out
when we are doing something wrong. If we look at those difficult situations as a time to grow and learn, then I truly believe that the Lord will bless our lives.
I hope that this is a source of encouragement for you today!
Prayer Points: Please pray over these requests:
· God, I ask that You help me to have a teachable mind and spirit.
· God, I ask that You grant me wisdom in seeing problems as opportunities for growth.
· Help me to relinquish control to You.
· Help me to accept constructive criticism well.
· Help me to prayerfully seek You and read Your Word.
Thank You for Your goodness and how faithful You are. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. God, I ask that You give me a teachable mind and spirit. I pray that You allow me to not try and control situations, but to relinquish control to You. God,
please grant me wisdom in seeing problems as opportunities for me to grow. I pray that I will accept constructive criticism when confrontation occurs. Thank You for Your Word and giving me the opportunity to know You. I pray that You give me a boldness to proclaim Your name in everything I do. Thank You for who You are!
In Jesus' name, Amen.