How about our thoughts?

We must understand that words are very powerful things.  If we speak of war we will be at war.  As a man speaks so he is or it is.  How about our thoughts?  Jesus said that our thoughts will also create our realities.  Therefore, if we think we are at war than we have in fact created a war.  Wow!  So are we not also living by the sword which is in fact symbolic of the fight we have unwittingly entered into?

It is far from wise to pray for victory in battle when we could much more easily pray for no battle at all.  We are asked in the New Testament to turn the other cheek.  Avoid fighting and become negotiators of peace.  As we concentrate on war, fighting, anger and rage we will bring more of the same into our lives.  Jesus is love!

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9 NIV)

Even when we refer to ourselves as prayer warriors we tap into the emotions associated with struggle and battle.  Wouldn’t it be wise to be more precise in our prayers instead of sending them off like machine gun fire?  Round after round we shoot the same prayer out of the barrel over and again.  Why would we do such a thing unless we did not understand our connection to God and how prayer works?  God knows our desires before we even ask.  It is not necessary to repeat the same request time and again.  Instead thank God for continuing to facilitate our prayers.  Repetitive prayer shows a lack of faith and disbelief.  In this we tell God that we don’t believe the prayer is being answered.

 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.  (Matthew 21:22 KJV)

What type of battle would Jesus fight?  It is a fact that in the four gospels love is mentioned in seventy five scriptures, peace in twenty three and war is mentioned once.  The reason is clear.  Jesus knew that living by the sword would create negative situations and bring forth bad fruit.

Knowing this, it is not necessary, counterproductive and ludicrous to go into battle, wage war and fight the good fight.  By just saying these words and summoning the emotions associated with them we seal our fate.

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.  (Matthew 26:52 NIV)

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7 thoughts on “How about our thoughts?”

  1. I think you are being rather selective there. The Bible is full of martial language, man’s struggle with the diabolic powers and the fleshy passions is constantly framed in the language of war.

    As for prayer repetitive or otherwise. If you are praying as a sort of magic charm, no matter what you are showing a lack of faith, if you do it once or a thousand times. If you are praying to connect and share yourself and your dependence upon God then no matter if you do it once or a thousand times you are living faith.

    1. Repeating the same prayer over and again is telling God that you are in doubt of His intelligence, integrity and abilities. Look at it this way, I ask you to mail a letter for me when you have a chance, but I ask you every few minutes, “Will you mail my letter? Please mail my letter? …” Do you feel that I have faith in your ability to deliver? Do I truly believe that my request is being answered? (Matthew 21:22)

      You should go to http://www.biblegateway.com a do some research. Just plug in some related words under keyword search. God bless you.

      1. If I say to someone “I love you” over and over again, maybe it is just because that is all I can think, because I love them so much.
        If I say “help me” over and over it might not be because I don’t think you can, but because it comforts me to talk to you.

      2. It is the same thing. When a person says “I love you” too much it is often the ego requesting continuous verification. They have a need to have our love for them constantly and continuously confirmed. This is very apparent in the early stages of a relationship. I love you is usually followed by “I love you too.” If it is not the less faithful party will feel emptiness. They have a doubt that mutual love exists. It is a sign of a very weak relationship.

        The “I love you” argument really does not apply to this debate. We are not asking (praying) for the other person to love us. We are in fact affirming the love we have for them. In prayer we should ask and expect that if it is God’s will it will be done where and when He wants it to be done.

      3. I don’t see how you can have a relationship with someone if you only talk to them rarely. Maybe you think a billion separate things a day, but I tend to think about the same things all the time, and I want to talk to God.

      4. We are not talking about speaking to God rarely. We should speak thanks to Him for what we have and for His continuous facilitation of our prayers. I don’t know anyone who wants to be asked the same thing over and again, but praises are seldom rejected.

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