When Our Prayers Feel Blocked (with Chris Coursey) (S1:E1)


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Our brains have special relational circuits that can turn on and off, with profound results for our relationship with God and with others.

When our relational circuits are off it is like driving at night with you headlights off. Not good. Everyone is a hazard, or an enemy. Our brains go in problem solving mode and people are only viewed as problems.

When our relational circuits are on, then we are driving with the lights are on and our emotional brains are connecting with God and with others. People are bigger than our problems.

When our circuits are off, God feels far off and uncaring, and we feel alone—abandoned. But when we warm up our relational circuits through remembering God’s grace in the past and present, but practicing appreciation and gratitude, then it is much easier to connect with God.

We also connect relational circuits to a previous conversation about joy (“I’m glad to be with you in this…”) and how it connects with sadness and other difficult circumstances.

And we end by talking about how God’s relational circuits never go off. God is never overwhelmed by us, our emotions, or what we are going through. God is always glad to be WITH US no matter what!

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Find out more about Chris Coursey at thrivetoday.org. Thrive has an upcoming online training on Nov. 9th (check it out here).