Most Holy Father,
I wonder if it was on purpose that You created our tongues next to our teeth… These days, my teeth have had to bite my tongue, or at least grind together to keep my words from spilling out too freely! I have commented and then quickly deleted before dangerous words escaped. Even when I think I will burst if I don’t speak, or in many cases- respond to the hateful ugly words which are freely flying all over the place, wounding many in the process. Oh, Lord! I do need help taming my tongue, or even my fingers as they want to spew out thoughts. I know I’m not the only one with this issue. Jesus, help me take every thought and word captive. Let me hold back my words until I’ve held them before You and prayed. I need You to be my filter, Lord!
Help me use my ears to truly listen to the frustrations and thoughts others have. Lord, let me have Your ears to truly listen even to those who think differently than I do. Just as I desire to be heard and understood, I know they do, too. Instead of trying to correct, argue, or fight as they voice their thoughts, let me listen to what they are really thinking. Help me hold my tongue until I see their heart. Once they see I truly care about them and have given them the gift of respectfully listening, perhaps they might do the same for me. Even if they don’t…Even if they still hate me…Even if they believe I am dreadfully evil, help me answer with Your love. Let me respond with Your grace. They will never be open to hearing what I have to say if they feel attacked.
Father, through the years, You have patiently listened to my demands, my whining, my anger, my complaints, my fears, my anxieties… You are the best Listener of all. When You speak, it is always with few words of truth wrapped in love (even when You have had to correct me time and again). I cannot do this on my own. I need Your Spirit living in me to dominate and control my natural clamoring. Lord, help me be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” James 1:19-21
“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” James 1:26
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
Your prayer prompt-
Father, show me when I am speaking out of my own self and let Your words prevail….