Our mind is the gateway to our life. All these evil things come from within and defile the man.-Mark.7:23.
Until you conquer the thought, you can’t conquer the act. Every evil thought will degenerate into an evil act. If you can’t stop the thought, you can’t stop the act.
To repent means to rethink. You can’t come out of any unwanted habit without sitting down and reasoning (the prodigal son called himself to a meeting).
There is a place for prayer. But until you reason, you cannot repent. Out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts that graduate to evil acts.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Until you change the way you think, you cannot change the way you live.