Prayer for the Week May 20 – What Am I Thinking?
What am I thinking about myself?
Those important thoughts that run unlimited and mostly unchecked through my conscious and subconscious. It is estimated that we humans have between 12,000 and 60,000 individual thoughts per day and sadly, most of them negative. Psychoneuroimmunology, the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body, shows us that the way we think about ourselves actually changes the way our bodies function physically. So directly tied to our physical well-being are our thoughts and spoken words. I’m not talking about the power of positive thinking, I’m talking about the power of truth. Truth sets us free both emotionally and physically.
As Christians we must stop seeing ourselves through the lens of our humanity and start seeing ourselves through the Word of God. 1 John 2:20 says, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” (Emphasis added.) The Word of God declares your true identity. The world declares fear and darkness, but the Word of God declares Light and Truth. If we want to stop complaining, if we want to stop thinking negatively, if we want to stop hurting ourselves and our loved ones, we have to replace the negative thoughts running unchecked with the Truth of the Word.
What then is the Word saying about you, about me?
I am, A Child of God (Romans 8:16)
I am, Redeemed from the Hand of the Enemy (Psalm 107:2)
I am, Forgiven (Colossians 1:13,14)
I am, Saved by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8)
I am, Justified (Romans 5:1)
I am, Sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:11)
I am, A New Creature (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am, Delivered from the Powers of Darkness (Colossians 1:13)
I am, Led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14)
I am, Kept In Safety Wherever I Go (Psalm 91:11)
I am, Getting All My Needs Met by Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
I am, Casting All My Cares on Jesus (1 Peter 5:7)
I am, Doing All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me (Philippians 4:13)
I am, Blessed Coming In and Going Out (Deuteronomy 28:6)
I am, Healed by His Stripes (1 Peter 2:24)
I am, The Head and Not the Tail (Deuteronomy 28:13)
I am, An Overcomer by the Blood of the Lamb and by the Word of My Testimony (Revelation 12:11)
I am, Bringing Every Thought into Captivity (2 Corinthians 10:5)
I am, Being Transformed by the Renewing of My Mind (Romans 12:2)
Beloved it is possible to be transformed. It is possible to replace the negative with the positive but we have to be intentional! We can’t just brush it off as another bad day. We have to start now! I encourage you to spend time in the Word and in the Presence of God asking him for your true identity. Habits are so easy to form. Why not make it a habit of every time you catch yourself in a negative thought, replace it with a declaration of the Word of Truth? This day, this week can be different.
Father, we thank you that you have given us our true identity. We thank you for your Word that speaks light into darkness, and for your Holy Spirit who teaches us the truth. Please help us to renew our minds by the power of your Word. Give us grace and mercy to replace complaining with thankfulness, lies with truth, and darkness with light. May we see ourselves through your eyes!
In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.