There are hundreds of books on the market about the power of positive thinking. Plenty of those published authors who have profited from that mindset, but I am curious about what that mindset entails. If for no one other than myself, I feel the need to tackle the ‘positive thoughts’ comment head-on because it continues to raise questions every time I see it.
I am the daughter of an Assembly of God minister and pastor. My daddy walked the walk that he talked; I don’t think you will find anyone who would disagree. The same couldn’t be said of me. It took a ‘whole lot of’ hardships and life learning curves before I was able to align myself to God’s truth and defined my opinion about the “Sending positive thoughts your way” message.
For the record, I am not a protester of positive thinking. I just don’t believe we are empowered to change anything within the life of someone else without the power of the Holy Spirit working within us. Face it, God is God and we are not. You can hold your breath and wish all the positive thoughts you want but it is prayer and supplication before the Throne of God that moves the obstacles we face in life.
All the positive thoughts in the world are void compared to the power of supplication before God. Supplication is a request that calls God to action and as we bow before Him, He talks to us from the Word. It is in those moments, we discover what His mind is about the petitioned situation.
The positive thought message, in my mind, is an indirect way to bypass any belief in God, Jesus, Scripture or the power of the Holy Spirit.
Want to send positive thoughts? God has no problem with that if it aligns with His Word AND those things your petition is an outcry to God Almighty to intercede on the behalf of others, as well as ourselves. Supplication is a humble attitude that recognizes God’s Glory. It isn’t about generating positive mental thoughts into the universe with hopes our telepathic thoughts will awaken some unknown energy force and return positive vibes to the intended recipient.
“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”