I consider my mind to be my greatest strength until it gets me into trouble. Many times I want to know the reason, the “why”, or the formula. I want a detailed breakdown of all of the information to made accessible to me – I don’t need to read it, but it’s comforting to know it’s there in case a question arises. But that’s not the way it works with God. I don’t understand him and I have to be okay with that. I have to be open to things like the miraculous, the unknown, and the stuff that just doesn’t make sense.
I don’t take much stock in dreams except for when I do. Throughout the Bible, God spoke to people through dreams and I believe he does the same thing today. Now, not every dream means something, but some of them do.
Recently, I’ve been praying in the spirit in my dreams. I’ll wake up the next morning and realize that I had spent a considerable chunk of my dream praying in tongues interceding for something or someone. Woah! The first time it happened, honestly, it freaked me out, but now I think it’s pretty cool!
When I was praying and asking God about this (because I’m always seeking to understand), I was reminded of this verse:
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:26-27 (ESV)
When I am awake my mind is in complete control, but when I’m asleep my “spirit man” (to borrow a Sunday school phrase) is able to flourish.
Day by day I am becoming more open. I am open to God using me, open to a miracle happening, open to some unexplainable act happening right before my eyes. I am open to looking at myself through what God’s word says. I am open to his love and forgiveness. I am open to praying and sitting in silence; I am open to waiting. I am open to following his leading (talk about being a work in progress!).
Are you open? Again, there’s no right or wrong answer, just answer honestly. If we were plotting this on a scale, I’m probably still on the “closed” side of the spectrum, but I’m inching more and more toward the “open” side every day. Let’s open our minds, our hearts, our situations, our dreams, our ideas, and our lives up to God today and see what he does with them! Let’s be open to sitting with and listening to him today.
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