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TITLE: The Prayer Line,
By Margaret Woolington
11/26/04
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This is one of my monthly columns on Prayer that I write for our Church Newsletter
The Prayer Line
Godís Pest Control
Margaret Woolington

Have you ever wonder why God created mosquitoes and flies? They irritate and agitate and drive us crazy. We chase them with a fly swatter or spray them with chemicals but they keep trying to hunt us down. One day it occurred to me that some of the anxious thoughts and fears that pop into my mind are like those pesky insects. They come uninvited, they disturb my peace and Iím not always successful in getting rid of them. Then when I researched what the Bible had to say about our thought life, I found some interesting answers.
In Psalm 94:11 It says that God knows the thoughts of man. That is an awesome thought, isnít it? What does God think about what we are thinking?
In Is 55:7-9, the Bible speaks very clearly about this. "Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord and He will have mercy on him and to our God for He will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts; nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." We can be thankful for that.
In Proverbs 16:3 it tells us to "Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established." One of the ways we can do that is by following His advice in 2nd Corinthians 10:5 "...casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." In other words, we can do something about what we allow our minds to dwell on.
I like how David started his day according to Psalm 5:3. "My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to you and I will look up." David knew how to make a good start on his day; he looked to God first.
To sum it all up, find a way to begin your day with prayer and Godís word, then He will direct and guard your thoughts and actions through the day ahead.
That is Godís Pest control.
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