Welcome to the blog today! While the weather this time of year isn’t my favorite (here’s looking at you, heat and humidity), I do totally enjoy all the daylight hours! I love the light early in the mornings and late into the evenings.
Today’s topic is one that we’ve probably all struggled with at some point. Having a strong, healthy thought life means overcoming a wide range of temptations.
Sure, it could be impure or lustful thoughts. It could also be jealousy or envy, often brought on by comparing ourselves or what we have with others. Fear and worry can dominate our minds. Or maybe we just have a negative outlook because we’re ungrateful.
We read in the first part of Proverbs 23:7 that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. That tells me that the person I’m becoming is directly tied to how I’m thinking.
We become what we think about. So what are we feeding our minds?
Do we read books or watch movies or listen to songs that lead us to impure thoughts? Are we giving fear top billing in our minds as we check the news throughout the day? Do we worry more or pray more?
I can admit that I’ve been in all of these places at different times in my life. Yet no matter what our struggle is in this area, we can have victory through God’s power.
Here are seven Bible verses we can pray to help us win the battle for our minds.
1. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” ~Psalm 19:14
This is the perfect verse to start with because it’s already a prayer! The meditation of our heart – what a perfect description of our thoughts. God knows every thought that passes through our minds and we want all of them to be pleasing to Him.
2. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ~2 Corinthians 10:4-5
What beautiful imagery – capturing every thought. It’s easy to let our minds fill with any ol’ thoughts, to just let them run free. But this verse doesn’t have gentle language. It’s active – pull down, cast down, bring into captivity. We have to take action to control our thoughts.
This verse is also a wonderful reminder that we can only do this because of our mighty God. It’s a spiritual battle and we need His help to win it.
God, through your power, let me throw out of my mind wrong imaginations and any thoughts that cause me to go against You and Your Word. Help me to capture every stray thought and align it with your truth.
3. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8
Here’s a checklist for our thought life. If what you’re thinking about lines up with these guidelines, you’re good to go.
Dear Lord, let my mind only dwell on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, and virtuous. May all my thoughts be praiseworthy.
4. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. ~Matthew 22:37
If I’m loving God with all my mind, there will be no room for other sinful thoughts.
Heavenly Father, help me to love you with all of my mind. Let thoughts of You and Your truth crowd out all else. I’m thankful that you are worthy of all my worship and praise.
5. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; ~1 Peter 1:13
It’s easy to get sloppy about our thought life. Monitoring what goes into our minds may seem unimportant at times. But, as we mentioned above, what we’re feeding our minds is going to affect every part of us. It’s important to be vigilant about what we’re allowing to influence us.
Dear Lord, may I take control of my thoughts and be serious about guarding what enters my mind. Thank You for your grace and that I can seek forgiveness from You when my thoughts get off track.
6. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. ~Psalm 139:23-24
Just like the number one above, this verse is already a prayer. No need to elaborate – we can just pray what’s written! It’s humbling to ask God to search us, not just our words and actions, but our thoughts and motives.
7. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. ~Romans 13:14
This verse applies to every area of our lives, from where we go to what we take in to the people we hang out with.
God keep me from thoughts that would cause me to sin. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. Give me perception and discernment to see where certain thought patterns will lead and let me not follow blindly. Convict me of sin in my thought life.
I hope all of us can benefit from one or more of these prayers as we strive to win the battle for our thought life.
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