The Battlefield of the Mind: Claiming and Praying God’s Promises
April 29, 2014
Last week we talked about Feasting on God’s Word. Have you started your own search for the truths and promises that God has for you? I hope you brought them with you today.
Remember, this is a journey about transforming our minds, so I’ll ask you again, what are your thoughts focused on right now? What is sapping your attention on a daily basis? Are you ready to take control of your thoughts and emotions and claim the mind of Christ?
Then let’s start claiming those promises you found. Speak them out loud as prayers and claim them as your truth. The next day, go back and reread what you've written. Do this each day, recording each Scripture in whatever translation brings its truth and meaning to your heart. The amazing thing is that every promise in the Bible (and I think I read somewhere there are about 6,000 of them) are ours.
Here’s an example of one I have claimed and am praying over myself frequently and is easy to just speak out loud as it is:
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? —Psalm 27:1 (NASB)
Here’s another favorite that I take and turn into a prayer specifically for me:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. —Proverbs 3:5-6
Lord, I commit to trusting you with all my heart and will not depend upon my own understanding. I will seek Your will in everything I do, because I know that You will show me the way and lead me on the right path—the path of Your plan and purpose for my life.
And how about this one for our pre-believers:
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. — 2 Peter 3:9
Lord, thank You that You keep your promises according to Your perfect timing. Thank You for Your patience with me and with my spouse. I know You want him/her to come to repentance and and that You will pursue my pre-believer relentlessly with Your love and Your promise of salvation.
Every single one of God’s promises is yours and mine. Not just a few. Not just the ones you think apply. And don’t believe this is only true for those who already seem to have the faith to move mountains. God knew we would need to build our faith daily upon the truths of His promises and not upon how we woke up feeling that day. His promises are intended for all of us, because we are made stronger through them in the midst of our weakness. (2 Cor 12:9) Then and only then can we become strong through Jesus so we can do all things (Phil 4:13), including moving mountains.
So begin collecting the promises that are speaking to you right now and claim and pray them over you, your spouse, your children and over those situations and circumstances that have you tied in knots. When things shift and change, look for new ones. You will discover news ones almost every time you read the Bible. Just ask the Holy Spirit to show you what specific promise that He wants you to see that day. Over time (in even as little as week!) you will begin to find that those issues are starting to look smaller and smaller in the light of God’s truth—His promises. This is how our minds are transformed as it says in Romans 12:2.
God’s Word stands forever and His promises never fail. He never fails. I am learning to believe this not only with my heart but my mind as well, even when I can’t see it, can’t even feel it. It’s a daily walk of taking God’s Word and then believing it by faith (Hebrews 4:2).
And the more I walk in this season, the more I am convinced our battles start more often in our minds than we realize. And God’s Word and promises are the answers to breakthroughs and realizing we are already victorious.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place (including our minds!). — 2 Cor. 2:14
Proverbs 3:5-6 is God’s promise to lead us. Second Corinthians 2:14 is the promise that His leading is in triumph. Ours is the choice to believe it.
Believing with you!