Often instead of bringing thoughts into captivity, thoughts bring our minds into captivity especially in troubled times of life. Yet, there is a great principle found in the book of Job. Recently, in our family devotions, I had each of my children find 5 references on friendship and share what they learned in our family devotions time. My daughter shared the following verse regarding friends.
Job 42:10 (KJV)
10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
It was when Job prayed for his friends, that the Lord turned the captivity of Job. Have you ever looked at the thoughts that hold you captive or the troubles that hold you captive? If you find negative thoughts bombarding your mind, let it be a trigger point to cause you to begin praying for your friends. God notices when we pray for others.
Philippians 2:4 (KJV)
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Often our misery and affliction fades away, when the burdens of others become our focus. Our prison often consists of thoughts about ourselves or situations in which we have no control over. Take the needs of others to an Almighty God and watch God deliver you from your captivity!