Peace of Mind: Back-to-School Reflections, Declarations, and Prayers

Day 2 of 3 • This day’s reading

Devotional
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (AMP)


There will be many temptations to think about things going wrong for your children. Please don’t give in because it can make you lose peace. Philippians 4:9 reveals that practicing Philippians 4:8 will give us peace of mind and keep us in God’s presence. When the enemy comes with lies that evil will befall your children and God cannot protect them, counter lies with God’s Word concerning your children. God’s Word is true, pure, lovely, and everything Philippians 4:8 presents to us. We must center our minds on God’s Word and implant them in our hearts as the guiding force determining our perception and response to life.

We cannot know what scripture to engage in countering the enemy’s lies if we do not study and meditate on God’s Word daily. So, I invite you to make time for God’s Word. Signing up for a Bible reading plan is one way to get started. This way, you don’t need to guess what to read daily. Following a Bible reading plan has helped me in my faith walk, and I encourage you to try it.

Prayer: Father, you are the source of peace. Your peace calms every storm and gives rest. Give me the grace to think on whatever is true, honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed your word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, and whatever is admirable, of good repute, excellent and worthy of praise. I acknowledge that I cannot do this in my power or might, but by your Spirit, I can center my mind on you and overcome the enemy's lies. Thank you, Father! I ask all these in the name of Jesus. Alleluia!