Prayers that protect our thoughts against Satan’s lies
Have you noticed how some Christians exhibit such peace, joy and wisdom from God that you can “see” Jesus Christ just by observing their actions? It is because their minds are firmly rooted in God’s Word and they have allowed Jesus to be Lord over all of their thoughts.
2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
Proverbs 4:23 NCV Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.
Setting up a protective armour around our thoughts
Every Christian needs to set up a “high-level security firewall” around our thoughts – one that actively removes the world’s lies and allows in God’s truths. Only in this way can we “capture” all our thoughts to make them obedient to Christ.
For example, here is how we can pray when we feel:
Accused – “My identity is in Christ. I declare 1 Peter 2:9 over myself, that I am part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession. I will proclaim the excellencies of him who called me out of darkness into his marvellous light!”
Abandoned – “Even if people forsake me, God is always with me. I declare Deuteronomy 31:8 over myself – that God will never let anyone snatch me out of His Hand.”
Anxious – “I trust God to help provide a solution for me because He loves me. I declare 2 Timothy 1:7 over myself. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”
Angry – “What they have done makes me angry but I will forgive them because Jesus has forgiven my sins. Timothy 4:1 says that Jesus is the rightful Judge of the world, not me.”
Bitter – “I will not let any root of bitterness grow in my heart. Bitterness is defiling and bad for me. As Hebrews 12:15 warns, I do not want to fail to obtain the grace of God by holding on to bitterness.”
Discouraged – “God is my comfort, strength and provider. As Jesus promised in Matthew 19:26, He makes all things possible, when it is impossible for me.”
Hopeless – “I don’t know the future but I know God is working everything for my good because of His promises in Romans 8:28. I just have to be patient.”
Jealous – “I will rejoice when people are blessed with the things I also want. James 4:2-3 warns me about the dangers of desiring and coveting what others have. I will ask God only for things that He desires for me, and not what I covet for myself.”
Lonely – “I am never alone because the Holy Spirit is in me. Holy Spirit, please help me honour Your presence. 2 Timothy 1:14 says that You dwell within me and I am to guard the good deposit God has entrusted to me.”
Proud – “I am sorry God, for putting myself on a throne. You are the One who has given me everything I have. You alone are worthy to be on the throne of my life. I must remember Proverbs 16:18, which says that pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Self-hatred – “I repent for my self-hatred. It is Satan who hates me and I should not follow his evil ways. Genesis 1:27 says that I am created in God’s image. Thank you for such a powerful honour to be able to represent You, God.”
Self-pity – “I repent for feeling sorry for myself and making myself an idol. Thank you for my circumstances, help me seek Your purposes for me. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for me.”
Shame – “God, I am sorry for the wrong I have done. I know You welcome me warmly into Your arms. You said in Isaiah 43:25 that You forget my sins when I confess. I should not condemn myself.”
God calls us to focus our thoughts on things that are worthy of praise – whatever is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
Philippians 4:8 ESV Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Simple steps to practice daily
- Start by praising God out loud for what He has blessed you with.
- Declare that you have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and belong to God.
- Renounce the lies, accusations and fears that you have, in the name of Jesus.
- Declare God’s truth over you by referring to Bible verses, such as the ones above.
- Rebuke Satan for his lies and command him to leave in the name of Jesus.
Let us ensure our thinking processes are firmly rooted in God’s Word, only then will we experience the peace of God that will guard our minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 ESV And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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