Romans 8:5-9

Monday, January 21, 2019

Mind Over Matter

Praying Effectively

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what the nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5

The phrase, “mind over matter” first appeared in 1863 in The Geological Evidence of the Antiquity of Man by Sir Charles Lyell and was first used to refer to the increasing status and evolutionary growth of the minds of animals and man throughout Earth history. Currently, it “is a phrase that essentially refers to one's ability to use will power over physical limitations. While it was originally used to explain phenomenon such as telekinesis and other paranormal constructs, it actually has a real life meaning as well. The mind, in of itself is capable of accomplishing infinite limitations brought on by the environment. The limitations whether they be physical or mental hinder us from reaching our full potential,” at least according to the Urban Dictionary. The phrase also relates to the ability to control the perception of pain that one may or may not be experiencing.

But “mind over matter” certainly has spiritual implications as well, especially when it comes to having our minds set on what the Spirit desires as opposed to having our minds set on what the nature desires. The common denominator of living a life above the flesh and in accordance with the Holy Spirit is prayer. John Piper said, “Prayer is the breath of the Christian life and almost nothing decays so fast in the fallen human heart as the desire to pray. In other words, nothing is more vital than prayer in Christian existence, and few things are more vulnerable to neglect.” Therefore, prayer is an essential tool for Christians in order to keep their minds over matter and any other distractions to our walk of faith.