I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – (Romans 12:1-2 ESV)
The transformation of the mind is vitally important to a fruitful prayer life. Having our mind focused on things above(Cols 3:2) is the way we battle the world, flesh, and the Devil. Seeking first the Kingdom of God is how we develop intimacy with him, and it fuels our prayer life. Meditation on scripture is what ignites our prayer. I find that when I am slack on the discipline of meditation, I lose my desire to pray.
A renewed mind gives us clarity and vision. During this renewing process our hearts are strengthened and purified And our prayers become a weapon against the Devil and his schemes. A lack of focus on God hinders our relationship with him and others. I don’t have a lot of encouragement to give people if I’ve neglected spending time in the presence of God. Allowing unnecessary distractions in our lives gives place to spiritual apathy.
Regardless of what some might say, good theology is important. It informs and transforms our thinking. In our pursuit of truth our goal must always be to encounter God. Jesus’ disciples were marked for life, not only from his teaching but from just being with him.