"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
As I read 2 Corinthians 10, one phrase and verse in this chapter really started me thinking--- “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” Take captive every thought means to control, to conquer, to bring into submission. We are told to make every thought obedient to Christ and to bring it under control.
But how do you do that? How do I make my mind mind? My mind is often disobedient. It is often very rebellious. It wants to go in a different direction. When I want to think a certain way, it wants to go another way. To quote Rick Warren, “when I need to ponder, it wants to wander. When I need to pray, my thoughts want to float away”. Does this sound familiar? How do we capture and control every thought? That sounds impossible!
Scripture teaches us so much and it teaches us that one way we can guard our hearts and minds is, “in everything”, to pray. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6)
Notice that he says to pray about everything. If I were to pray as much as I worry, I would have a lot less to worry about. Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. This kind of prayer is like a running conversation with the Lord. Obviously, this does not mean we must close our eyes and kneel to pray but just keep that line of communication open as we go about our days. It also says to be thankful! Every day before the feet touch the ground thank the Lord for our many blessings!