We tend to be more skeptical of the words of others— and less so about our thoughts. We’re more used to applying discernment to the former: “What he said to me, that didn’t sound right”... or, “What she wrote, I don’t agree with that.”
We tend to reject things said by others out of anger or frustration or out of seeming fear, prejudice, bias, insecurity, or ignorance. And we tend to accept those that sound rooted in
the truth of Jesus.
But we should apply the same type of skepticism, and the same level, to our own thoughts— especially when we’re in prayer. As they pass through our minds, we must get used to stepping back and turning our thoughts over, asking ourselves: Are these in alignment with Biblical truth, modeled and taught to us by Jesus? Or are they not?