Tuesday, November 22, 2017

Fanning the flame?


an image of fire blazing
An image of fire blazing

Today Lord, I come to you, asking for forgiveness and Your help for myself first.   I was gently admonished today by a non-believing friend and reminded that words are divisive.  Of course its not something I was unaware of and I definitely agree that words can both help and hurt.  It seems like in our world of today, not only is there a battle of spirit, mind and body, but certainly that of words too.  I think a wide-spread disease that runs through our society of today is “diarrhea of the mouth”.

There are 84 verses in the Bible about the tongue and most of them have to do with the words that our tongues form and let slip from our mouths.

Most of us have heard this verse

“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:16

The Bible also tell us in Proverbs 10:19 “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.”

That means the fewer words that pass our lips the wiser we will be.

In Zechariah 8:16, God says “These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace.

That means speaking truth to each other makes for peace.

That brings me to my prayer for our nation today.

God, Make Us Wise

Frog image covering mouth
Frog image covering mouth

Father God, I lift up my prayer for our nation today, asking that You will indeed make us Wise.  Lord our lips seem to constantly be running away with us and showing our ignorance and our sin.  When I was a child I remember the saying that a child should be “seen and not heard”; however today, our children learn early, from us, that our words can be many, loose, and in-sensitive.  And children grow up to be even less careful of their words.  Words in our everyday language, in social media and even in our newspapers and television media seem to fall out of our mouths with little thought.

Where Lord is our obedience to Your commands in regards to our tongues? Where is the love that You wish to flow from our lips?  Lord I pray you will send Your Holy Spirit to Your children all across this land, reminding us of Your instructions concerning our tongues and convicting us to repent and turn from this sinful way. And Lord, start here with me, forgiving the sins of my tongue and teaching me what words should come from my lips that give you honor and glory.  I pray for each of us, Your children, that we will truly become lights upon the hilltops of this nation, and that our deeds and our words reflect only Your love shining and flowing through us to a lost and dying world.

I pray also for those of Your children who are in leadership positions all over the country, that Your Spirit will speak to each one, telling them to allow only words of light, of encouragement and of love – the kind of Love You have for each of your creations, to pass our lips.  I pray You grant words of wisdom to lead and direct our nation to those who proclaim You as Lord in our government.  Lord, may each of us humble ourselves and pray and seek your forgiveness and may you hear our prayers and forgive our sins and heal our land.

I pray also that those leaders who have turned from You and follow the evil one who prowls this world like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour will be found out and lose their high seats and their power to harm and to kill.

I pray all these things in the name of Jesus the Christ and our Savior.  Amen.

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