Speech is a powerful tool, and it can serve to support or to destroy. We can all remember cutting remarks that have been diredted at us in the past. They hurt. When we allow the tongue to run without the mind in gear, we are in for trouble; we embarrass ourselves and hurt others. Proverbs 13:3 says: “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” It is difficult to think before every utterance. Yet if we trust Christ to perfect that one discipline in us, then sarcasm, irritability, unkindness, and selfishness could be held in check. By trusting Christ to express Himself through us, we would be much more like what God our Father intends for us to be.
As we yield to Him, the Lord will shape us into His image, and for this we praise Him: “The LORD made the heavens. Honor and majesty are befoe Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples. Give to the LORD glory and strength. Give to the LORD the glory due His name” (Psalm 96:5-8).
Pause for personal praise and thanksgiving. Pray for confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin: “If I sin, I have an Advocate with You, Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for my sins, and not for mine only but also for the whole world” (personalized from 1 John 2:1-2).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mnd. Now pause to pray this affirmation to the Lord: “To me, to live in Chirst, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
As you make your requests know to the Lord, pray for:
- Forgiveness of sins,
- Faithfulness with your time,
- National affairs.
Offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days!” (Psalm 90:14).
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love,which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:12-17).