We often find ourselves walking in circles. Our to-do list is long but we end up accomplishing nothing. Nothing except shifting messes from place to another and getting increasingly frustrated with ourselves. Many days we just plod along, hoping that somehow we will pull ourselves together and move forward. Sadly, our success rate with that approach is pretty low. Just doing more doesn’t help when our mind is scattered. Often when our mind is scattered. Often our biggest foe is our cluttered mind. When we don’t think straight, we can’t solve problems.

We become frustrated at our circumstances, confused about what to do, discouraged and defeated. It’s a downward cycle. Sometimes I think we never think to ask God for help with making little decisions. Maybe we will bring Him in on the big decisions, but the little ones we could figure we could handle ourselves. When this happens we miss out on so much clarity and focus.

If you are having trouble thinking ask God to clear your mind and direct your decision-making. Then trust He is doing just that. Once you ask God, expect it to happen. This expectation is crucial to hear from God. James writes that “if any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” We should expect to receive from God.

If you do start to doubt, then take that thought captive and choose to trust God has spoken. Listening and trusting are important parts of prayer, because prayer is not always to get God to move.

Many times, prayer positions us to hear God’s direction clearer. Is the clutter in your mind making it hard to think clearly? Perhaps one of the problems is that you’re trying to figure things out on your own. We’ve been given the mind of Christ and we are offered the wisdom of God. So let’s ask and receive it.