FRIDAY, MAY 1
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT2)
THE POWER OF PRAYER: GUARD YOUR MIND
Thomas Carlyle was a well-known British historian and writer. Today if you visit Thomas Carlyle’s famous home in London, they will show you an almost soundproof chamber that Carlyle had built so the noise of the street could be shut out and he could work in silence. One of his neighbors, however, kept a rooster that several times in the night and in the early morning gave way to vigorous self-expression. When Carlyle protested to the owner of the rooster, the man pointed out to him that the rooster crowed only three times in the night, and that after all could not be such a terrible annoyance. “But,” Carlyle said to him, “if you only knew what I suffer waiting for that rooster to crow!” (Clarence Macartney)
Many of us can relate to the feeling of worrying about what we are going to be worrying about. Yesterday we discussed how God guards our emotions. Today we are looking at how God guards our minds. Our minds are where we process truth and facts. The trials of life can make us start to doubt the things that we know are true. And God’s peace can guard our mind from the lies of the enemy which rob us of our peace.
Once again, the key to being protected is to treasure our relationship with God above everything else. And the way we do that is by spending time with Him through Bible study, prayer and Christian relationships. Are you spending time doing all three of those things? If you feel your heart and mind being troubled share it with some other believers, dig into God’s word and prayer together, and battle those thoughts.