I have been reading the thread "can demons live in Christians and the one thing that came to my mind is a book by Joyce Meyer called the Battlefield of the mind. I have begun the study but have to admit that I have not stuck with it as I should. I too have been having difficulty, praying, reading the word, concentrating on what I really need to be concentrating on. Some of the things that she says in her book is 1. We are engaged in a war, 2.Our enemy is satan, 3 The mind is the battlefied, 4. The devil works dlilgently to set up strongholds in our mind, 5.He does it through strategy and deceit (through well-laid plans and deliberate deception) and 6. He is in no hurry; he take his time to work out his plan. So you don't have to be demon possessed to have problems thinking the right things, or doing the right things. Prayer and scripture are the answers. I think we all have times when we fill like the devil is in us more than the Holy Spirit but If we abide in His word, we are his disciples and we will KNOW the truth and the truth will set us free (this was somewhat paraphrased) John 8:31,32. Beth Moore also talks about praying the scriptures and if we keep a verse of scripture handy, like on a card in our pocket at work or on the refridg. at home, we can go to that scripture and replace that in our mind instead of what we were thinking about. The last year and a half, I have had much trouble praying and getting into God's word. I blame it on circumstances but I am to blame more than the circumstances. I have also read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. In it, it tells us that we are here on this earth to serve, not to be served. When we allow God to totally control our lives and it's not easy to do, then our whole being is renewed and the peace that passeth all understanding will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philp. 4:7. So in essence it's staying in the word, keeping a verse of scripture close by and daily praying and not just praying but praying the word back to God that will keep our minds closed to satans attacks and keep our minds renewed and open to the Holy Spirit.