KEEPING THE FAITH: Turn down the “Stinking Thinking”

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM.

This, then, is one of the great benefits of prayer — and I don’t think it matters if that prayer is guided by means of a rosary, prayer beads, meditation, a daily repetition of a favorite Scripture, or some other spiritual practice. People who pray aren’t simply memorizing a repeated litany of words or practicing religious rituals. They are, in a real sense, reprogramming their software. They are overwriting the faulty components of their thinking.

They are experiencing the transformation of their hearts and minds, for in learning to listen to God’s voice in prayer (and listening is a learned art form) they can turn down the cacophony of voices around them. And yes, these other voices include the “Stinking Thinking” inside their own heads.

Those who learn to truly pray are empowered to say, “Amen, let it be!” to God’s voice, and to shout in protest, “No, absolutely not!” to all other pretensions – especially those pretensions that are manufactured from within. Such praying may not get one everything he or she asks for, but such praying may lead one to getting what he or she needs; and to that, I must say, “Amen.”

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author. His newest book is “The Gospel According to Waffle House.” You can read more at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.



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