Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
I pray this prayer almost daily, saying, “Father, I have sinned against you in thought, word and deed.” Today ask God to redeem your thought life, filling your mind with the words from Philippians 4:8 …
… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Now, you can’t help thoughts from entering your mind. However, you can decide — with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of you — what to dwell on. The discipline to think about things that are true and noble and right is worth pursuing.
So, pursue a pure mind. Fight for it. Tell God you desperately need help in this area of your life. Repeat your favorite Scripture(s) –fighter verses, I call them. This hill is worth taking!
Jesus wants to redeem all of you, including your thought life.