Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Peter 1:13
The idea of “minds ready for action” comes from a word in Greek when people used to gather up their long clothes and tie them to their waist so that they would not trip. It’s like carrying a small appliance around. First you pick up the cord and make sure that it doesn’t drag, to avoid tripping.
If we are going to walk and even run by God’s ways, we need to have nothing hanging about ourselves that would trip us up! Do you have any “loose ends” in your thoughts and feelings that need to be gathered up so that you don’t trip? These can be ways of thinking that get in the way of the sweep of following God that God has in mind for all of us.
Now here are a few verses that gather the whole Gospel together: Verses 18-19. These verses are a kind of cord about your mind as you walk in their truth. What special love Jesus has for us to save us from tripping over bad things by the power of His poured out life for us!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Girding my mind for action v. 13
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
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