Jesus taught, to watch as we pray lest we fall into temptation. To open our eyes and ponder the path of our feet. To intelligently assess the situations before us and use the thoughts we have gathered in prayer. Sometimes, as we look at issues and re-examine the situations we are faced with, disturbing thoughts, arise indicating problem areas that must be covered with prayer. These things must not be taken for granted.
Without thinking over the situations you are praying about you might not get the full results of your prayers. Hastiness in action destroys the results of your prayers. There is more in the future of a fool than he that is hasty in judgment proverbs teaches.
Hastiness in making decision has aborted many seasons prepared by God for individuals. God hides light in pain. The scripture says every affliction would work out an eternal weight of glory in our lives if we focus not on the things that are seen but focus on the things that are not seen. There is definitely more to life than that which meets the eyes.
We need to learn to see with our mind what others miss with their eyes. John Rockefeller says "governments don't create a living for the people, opportunities that they see do" Joseph the 'father' of Jesus was going to put away Mary when he learnt of her pregnancy but the bible records that as he thought on these things he saw that it was of God.
His moral disposition was offended but he allowed his thoughts to run deep through praying before he acted. Imagine it. A man's fiancée goes on a 3month holiday at her cousin's place (Elisabeth was pregnant with John and Mary went over) and comes back pregnant. The first instinct would be to kick her out. This might be an extreme case but seasonally we are faced with situations that have an outward appearance which differs from its internal content and we must not be hasty in action.
Jesus taught that many through overeating, the use of alcohol and getting distracted by the elemental things of life cannot develop the concentration needed to have real deep thoughts about the situations around them, so miss the opportunities in them and end up trapped.
We need more people who understand that what prayer does is to first increase the intelligence of the one praying. It raises the levels of their thinking such that the stronger the mind gets the more successful the life would be.
Pastor Poju Oyemade