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Our thoughts mean something

“….and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Corinthians 7-10.

This is my annual return to this verse.

The verse got my attention after reading “Liberating Prayer” by Neil T. Anderson.

Neil makes the point that our thoughts serve a purpose.  Our thoughts reveal what is urgent to us.  They are a way that God gets our attention.

There’s trouble at work and I have a head full of what’s going on there.  I am praying about things other than the trouble at work.  But as I pray the work trouble keeps “interfering” with my thoughts.

What should I do?  Get right with God regarding the troubles at work.  I need to be praying in that direction rather than off a list or over the things I pray for every day.  I can go on to those “other things” but I need to understand that my thoughts are top priority and currently my thoughts are of work troubles.  I must get my head straight with God on those first.

Thoughts pop into my head all the time.  I must get used to praying then about what’s popped in.  Praying without ceasing?

“Lord, restore my relationship to You.  I want it to be spontaneous and never-ending.  I thank You for the books that are part of my His Word For Me library.  Thank You for Neil Anderson’s insights on prayer.  Direct my path, I beg, today.  You are a great God.”

What are you thinking about right now?  That’s what you need to get right with God.  Do it.

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Prayer made easier

“…and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Corinthians 7-10.

Praying can be challenging.

I’m thinking that the biggest challenges to prayer are the mental distractions. You close your eyes and instead of talking to God you’re wondering what time you have to pick up the kids. You try it again and now you’re thinking about something that happened at work. The examples are endless.

I pray for insights prior to any blogging I do. I want His Words not mine going elsewhere.

The insights I share today came from reading Neil T. Anderson’s, “Liberating Prayer.”

Neil explains that God wants our attention but how can He get it? Praying is such an opportunity.

Too often prayer is our means of attempting to dispatch God into our trouble areas. “Take care of this.” “Help so-and-so.”

How limiting that is to our relationship with God. How is it a relationship when it is being driven by only one side in the relationship?

Neil’s suggestion, that resonates with me, is from today’s chosen verse; “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.”

How does this work? When I am praying and a thought comes into my mind, instead of suppressing the thought, I consider the thought with God. If the thought is something evil then I bring up James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” If that evil thought keeps coming back then I keep submitting to God and standing on God’s promise to me in the verse.

But what if you’re praying and something such as work keeps popping into your thoughts. Great time to pray to God about work! What is the thought is about family? Good time to pray about your family! Whatever thought shows up pray in that direction.

God may drop into your thoughts something you should do differently in the area that comes to mind. Maybe you should stop something. Maybe you should start something.

Sometimes when I start praying I realize that I have a relationship that I have broken that needs immediate attention. Prayer is over then. Time to be God-led in making amends.

This approach unlocks prayer. It eliminates prayer as a shoe-horned experience in a busy day. It puts an end to fighting that distractions that show up during prayer attempts

Even when I’m not physically praying I can have thoughts that need to be taken captive by me and put through the “God filter.”

“Lord, I thank You for the opportunity to have an ongoing relationship with You. I love You for dying for my sins and making an after-life with You possible. I am unworthy but thankfully You are gracious. Praise be to You. Help me to live as You want me to live. Get my attention. Enable me to constantly take my thoughts captive with Your help and to thereby tighten our relationship. You are my God.”

Are you acceptable to God?

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Praying about what you’re thinking

“…and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Samuel 8-10 & 2 Corinthians 10)

In Neil Anderson’s book, “Liberating Prayer”, I got a sense of what this verse means.  That “meaning” elevated this verse to being one of my favorites.

Neil raises the question, “How can God get your attention?” and suggests that my thought life may be one of those ways.

Things rattle through my mind all the time.  I used to find it terribly disturbing when I was praying.  I wanted to concentrate but my thoughts kept getting in the way.

Neil writes that I should pray about the things that come into my head.  He suggests praying without an agenda.  Pray, instead, about what you are thinking about.

“To make my thoughts obedient,” means to insert God’s thinking as it relates to what I’m thinking about.  If I am thinking worried thoughts then I can quote Scripture such as, “Cast all your care on Him for He cares for you.”

I know that some of my thoughts are wrong.  I can be harboring anger against someone.  To transform that thought I can ask God for forgiveness.

I’m dealing with my thought life with God’s perspective in mind.  Sometimes thoughts keep bouncing back and I must be just as determined to put them in line with God’s way of thinking.

This approach to prayer requires spontaneity.  There is no waiting for a church gathering or a regulated prayer time of my own to pursue Godly action.  It works for me.  Give it a try for a short while to see how it works for you.

“Lord, I need You every second.  Speak to me through my thoughts.  Get my attention.  I want my life to please You.  Do not let me drift.  Jab my conscience when I am off course.  I want Your Ways to be my ways.”

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How to control your thoughts

“We take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Samuel 8-10 & 2 Corinthians 10)

When a thought comes into my head I need to deal with it.

In many things, a thought shows up and I try to move on from it………but of course, it returns and starts nagging.

This verse says to pay attention to the thought.  Usually is involves something that I am clearly aware of.  It may be something I need to do or it may be something that is dead ahead in my day.

Beyond paying attention to the thought, I need to corner the thought into God’s parameters.

How?  I need to “capture” it with God’s perspective.  Does the Bible say anything specific about the issue?  Often there is general Scripture that connects to a multitude of thoughts.  I often think of, “Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.”

The idea is to let my thought life trigger my prayer life.  The result is a more spontaneous life.  Something comes into my head and I bring God into my reaction to it.

To live this lifestyle drives home the importance of learning as much Scripture as possible.

The closer I am to God the more I will learn to think His Thoughts after Him.  The more I get to know Him through His Word the more I will understand His Will.

“Father, I want my thoughts to be controlled by You.  Enable me to react to them by capturing them and aligning them to You.”

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