Running a spiritual race is not unlike running a physical race. In a physical race, you must be prepared, in that you must have practiced physically. The same is true spiritually. Spiritual practice is at its most powerful when it takes place in the mind, such that the mind becomes conditioned to thinking in accordance with the thoughts of God. It rejects every thought that is opposed to God, or to the purposes of God for his kingdom, and replaces it with thoughts that align with God.
Examine the thoughts that have been most prevalent in your mind for the past three days, or for the past three hours. Are they thoughts that would bring joy, peace, love and harmony into the world? Are they thoughts that include and uplift all of humanity, or are some groups, some religions, or some races excluded? Are they thoughts that you would be proud to see on the front page of your local newspaper, or would publicizing them cause you shame and embarrassment? If the thoughts you dwell on habitually are not the thoughts of God, they will weaken your connection to his kingdom. If you dwell habitually on thoughts that are aligned with the kingdom of God, they will strengthen your connection to the kingdom. Take captive every thought, and make it obedient to God's Word.
The Lord God Almighty El Shaddai