Stay Alert

It seemed to me that if I was abusing food, my brain didn’t work well at all. I couldn’t prove that theory of course, but then I heard this comment and also discovered a verse in 1 Peter:

If the physical isn’t ready, the mental is not ready either.  – Anonymous

But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for [the practice of] prayer. (1 Peter 4:7, AMP)

It seems clear that sound mindedness and self restraint are important because then our minds are able to focus on prayer. Are we in a position of self restraint, self control?  A restraint is something that controls or limits something. We have it.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7, AMP)

Are we using it?

1 Peter 4:1-7 is full of comments about intentional sin, human appetites and desires, wanton living and lustful desires. We are not called to this.

We are called to sound mindedness and self restraint… so that we can pray.

Prayer – Lord, our lack of self restraint obviously hinders our prayers and therefore your answers. Help us to use the gifts you’ve given us, one of which is self control!

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