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August 18 Prayer (Romans 8:6 Devotional)

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Happy August! Are you looking for an August 18 prayer to read and reflect on? We provide a guiding Bible verse, prayer questions, and example prayer for the day below.

These all come from our August Bible Reading Plan about Overwhelming Peace, so click here for the printout so you can follow along with us!

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Bible verse for August 18

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 ESV

 

 

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August 18 Prayer Reflection

I was filled with anxiety, and so stressed due to my work. I was able to get my work done and take care of myself and others. I was overwhelmed by all the work that needed to be done. But why was my mind so occupied with worry?

 

My mind was set on the flesh. And when we do that, our mind is not at peace.

 

In Romans 8, Paul tells us that for those in Christ, we have the Spirit, and He has set us free from the law of sin and death. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we walk according to the Spirit, not the flesh. To combat this, we must focus on the Spirit instead of the flesh.

 

In Greek, phroneo for ‘to set our minds’ means to direct one’s mind to a thing. In this case, we must direct our minds to the Spirit instead of the flesh.

 

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 ESV

 

This verse reminds me that I must breathe out flesh and death and breathe in the Spirit of life and peace. I have this verse in a frame near my desk in my home office. And I pray it often when I experience anxiety or worry.

 

When my anxiety was high that day, I texted a friend and asked her to pray. She replied that she would and then put “Romans 8:6” in the text. I laughed to myself as I knew exactly what she meant. She was kind and gracious, reminding me to pray and breathe this verse.

 

The next time anxiety or worry is plaguing you, set your mind on the Holy Spirit. Breathe in the Spirit that gives us life and peace, and breathe out the flesh and death. Then God’s Holy Spirit will fill you up, and you can be at peace as you continue your day!

 

August 18 Prayer 

Dear Lord, Help me to focus on life and peace today that is from You alone and not from the world. Amen.

 

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Author

  • Cindy Schwerdtfeger

    Cindy is a writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She is a wife to Dave for 33 years, a mother of two grown kids who serve the Lord, one son-in-love, one daughter-in-love, 4 wonderful grandchildren and foster grandchild.  She is a full-time Information Services manager by day and a writer at night. She teaches a women’s Bible study at her church and runs the sound for worship.  Her focus is helping dressed working women find contentment in God's plan. Her website is GodsPlanGuidedSteps or you can find her on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, or Pinterest.

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