Prayer About Keeping My Mind on a Positive Track

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Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the instruction in Your Word about the control of my mind. You tell me that the mind is what determines my actions, good or bad. Proverbs 23:7aFor as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” You also tell me in Colossians 3:1-2 what You want my mind and thoughts to be focused on. “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

In order to be obedient to these two verses, direct me to ask the following heart searching, difficult questions. Dr. Charles Stanley recommends these questions to determine if you want to follow a thought or get rid of it:

  1. “Where will this thought lead me?”
  2. “Will this thought get me to where I really want to be?”
  3. “Is the thought scriptural?”
  4. “Will the thought build up or tear down?”
  5. “Where did the thought originate?”
  6. “Do I feel guilty about it?”
  7. “Could I share the thought with somebody else?”

-Dr. Charles Stanley

When I have a thought that does not pass these questions, encourage me to practice 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 and Colossians 3:16 for correction. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Use the instruction in the second verse to help accomplish the first one. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Thank you for making available the powerful tool of Your Word to develop correct and pure thoughts. Amen.

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