Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pray for Grace to Govern your Tongue

I get a daily devotional email from Mathew Henry's Method for Prayer. I really liked today's message, so I'm sharing it here. (Part 4 of our trip will continue soon.)

I must pray for grace to enable me both to govern my tongue well and to use it well.

Lord, enable me to guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue, and to guard my mouth, as if with a muzzle, Psalm 39:1(NASB) that it may not be impulsive in thought to bring up a matter. Ecclesiastes 5:2(NASB)

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips, Psalm 141:3(NASB) that I may not stumble in what I say. James 3:2(NASB)

Let my speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, Colossians 4:6(NASB) and enable me always, out of the good treasure of my heart, to bring forth what is good. Matthew 12:35(KJV) Let my mouth utter wisdom, and my tongue speak justice; Psalm 37:30(NASB) and do not let Your words depart from my mouth, nor from the mouth of any of Your people, nor from the mouth of our offspring, nor our offspring’s offspring, from now and forever. Isaiah 59:21(NASB)

Enable me always to open my mouth in wisdom, and let the teaching of kindness be on my tongue. Proverbs 31:26(NASB) Give me to know what is acceptable, Proverbs 10:32(NASB) that my tongue may be as choice silver, and my lips may feed many. Proverbs 10:20-21(NASB)

1 comment:

Mom to Anyone said...

The women here recently studied James together. Of course, he is so graphic and firm about the potential for evil in the tongue. I often remember Proverbs 17:28 in which even the fool is thought to be wise when he keeps his mouth shut. Sloooowwww to speak. How many times have I wished that I'd been just that!