How to Take Your Thoughts Captive [2 Corinthians 10:5 Devotional]

How to Take Your Thoughts Captive [2 Corinthians 10:5 Daily Devotional]

“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

What is this verse about?

This isn’t a verse about being ignorant about arguments against our faith. Rather, the Apostle Paul, the author of this letter, is telling us to be prepared to win arguments against God. In fact, he doesn’t just want us to win against them, he wants us to demolish those arguments. The first step to that is taking the thoughts we have captive so they can be made obedient to Jesus.

How to take your thoughts captive

The first step is acknowledging the thought. This seems counterintuitive, and you might be tempted to ignore the thought. Ignoring it almost guarantees that you’ll be consumed by that thought as soon as your willpower runs out. However, acknowledging the thought calls attention to it, which means you can deal with it head-on.

Once you acknowledge the thought, pray about it. To submit your prayer to God, you’ve got to pray about it. Let him know that you had the thought, what you think about the thought, and then ask him what he wants you to do.

Once you pray about it, let it go. This is going to be difficult, but dwelling on the thought is how you become captive to the thought rather than taking the thought captive. It will most likely come back again, but when it does, repeat the first two steps to continually make it captive to Christ.


Jesus, thank you for the ability to think about what I think about. Help me to take each thought captive and submit it to you. Give me the wisdom to acknowledge the thoughts that come into my mind and the presence of mind to pray about them. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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