The secret to thinking clearly

The secret to thinking clearly
Cluttered thinking leads to wasted time and anxiety. So how do you organize your thoughts?

Running around makes you worry

When you chase after the worries of the world, you dedicate attention to things of little value. How much time do you waste looking things that don’t enrich your life? Before the Internet and smartphones it was just television, but the same source is behind it all.

The Tempter

The modern world tries to tell us that Satan does not exist. Still, we see exaggerated forms of evil every day in the news. Some people may even suffer from demonic possession. Where does this come from? In some ways, clear thought depends on knowing that the devil exists, and he does all he can to distract us. In the Bible we see how he tempted humans from the very beginning. Even Jesus was tempted. Understanding that temptation is largely external helps us to resist confusion.

Thinking clearly

When you get confused, stop for a moment and say, “The enemy is at work here. He is trying to distract me. He’s tempting me to believe that there is no way to see things clearly.” This doesn’t mean a demon is lurking around trying to control you. But if something takes away your peace, what might be the source?

Some say it’s natural, but animals don’t suffer from this problem. Have you ever seen a pet dog anxious about if their owner is going to feed them tomorrow? Wild animals have to find or kill their meal everyday – do we see squirrels frozen with worry? Satan prefers to work unnoticed by us. He wants us to think he doesn’t exist. He convinces us that our problems are just a part of us.

Nobody’s life is perfect

Everybody has trials and tribulations, but worry only exaggerates them. Our brains go around and around causing us to waste energy. We lose our way and focus on worry instead of solutions. Even if there is no immediate solution, there is a way to have peace.

Do you believe?

Prayer is more than just asking for help. In many ways, prayer organizes your thoughts. When you stop to pray, things fall into perspective. First of all, you get a chance to think about what you have to do. You are reminded of important tasks. It might be something like “pay the heating bill,” or something much more important like “call your mom.”

Pray specifically to put order and clarity into your thoughts.

Besides putting day-to-day order in your life, you also receive a heavenly order. In prayer, you remember who Jesus is and what he did for you. You might understand this with your head, but in prayer it sinks deep into your heart. Your focus shifts away from temptations, and you are nourished by eternal truths such as mercy, forgiveness, and love. It becomes easier to see what really matters. The clutter falls away, and you see with a clear eye.

Time spent in prayer even reveals “hidden” secrets. You see things for how they really are without complications. A situation unfolds before you in the light of God’s truth, and suddenly you’re not confused anymore.

Practice makes perfect

This kind of thinking doesn’t happen overnight or with just one prayer. You have to work on it. But as Paul explained, this practice gives us a peace that “transcends all understanding.” You rise above the worries and distractions of the world. In Christ’s resurrection you know the tempter has no power over you. You rise again with your triumphant Savior. You are free to think clearly.

Meditate on Paul’s words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6).

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62 thoughts on “The secret to thinking clearly

  1. My husband has died and left me control of his company. The two workers are very resentful toward me and will not respect me. One being his grandson. I need to consider letting both of them go but am struggling to do so. I’m 73 years s old and this is keeping me awake at night. I need prayers for peace and understanding and direction from God

    • O blessed Lord… give Yvonne clarity and decision to guide the company… let her seek your counsel, O Lord to do your will… let Yvonne not be afraid… may your Spirit be her protection and her guide… make Yvonne solid and firm in her decisions… may your everlasting mercy show the way, O Lord… let Yvonne know and seek Christ in all things… in Jesus name, Amen.

      I will be praying for you Yvonne!

  2. Thank you for this post. It is exactly what i more often than sometimes go through and yes indeed prayer is the means that brings us to our source of strength and light to our darkness and that source is our Lord Jesus Christ.

  3. Please pray for me and my 2 children to be protected against ill health and the forces of evil. Pray for those who seek to harm and disturb us that they may come to know God and His greatness, goodness and mercy. And if it be Gods will – remove from nearby us those that maintain ill will and aim to hurt, upset and persecute us in school and at home. We honour our Father and seek to please Him and u drat and his will. Please also pray that the decisions I have to take as a Mother are well founded in faith, compassion, mercy and righteousness.

  4. Please pray that God will take away every bad thought out of my mind? Pray he will show me how to move forward with out my parents?

    • O blessed Lord… send your Spirit to Kenneth… may he seek your guidance and trust in your Word… give him clarity and wisdom during this time… give him the peace of Christ in his heart…fill Kenneth with your grace, O merciful Lord… in Jesus name, Amen.

      I am praying for you Kenneth! God’s grace, peace and blessings to you.
      Vincent

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