“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” Proverbs 4:23 NCV
What are your thoughts? I came across this verse in a daily devotional the other day and it seemed like one of those “WOW” verses.
Do your thoughts make you happy or sad? excited or nervous? successful or failure? The fact of the matter is that you can take almost any subject and think about it in a positive way or a negative way (glass half full or half empty). What we need to understand is that positive thinking isn’t as simple as it sounds. Positive thinking is a habit that you have to focus on every day. Catch yourself during those moments when your thoughts can’t seem to go in a positive direction. What’s causing it?
It’s not so different from prayer. I never get up in the morning and tell myself “I’m not going to pray today!” But it happens. The excuses:
- Not the right time to pray
- I’ll pray later
- Not in the right mood
- Time went by so fast I just didn’t get the time
Fortunately, there’s the end of the day when I’m laying in bed and nothing else can interrupt me.
You might be asking yourself what’s going on here? What does one have to do with the other? When I pray first thing in the morning it tends to put me in a different mood. My thoughts become easier to control. Sure, it’s good to pray at night but by that time the day could already have been off track all day. Starting the day with prayer and asking the Lord for help and guidance right away can lead to a better start and a better finish.
Tips For Success
- Read The Bible every morning to start the day off strong
- Pray every morning and every time you can throughout the day.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us “Pray without ceasing”
- When you catch yourself with bad thoughts, intentionally stop yourself and pray for God’s help
- Don’t give up on yourself. Remember that God works in His time, not yours. But you have to be committed to accepting His miracles.