My Grace-Full Life

7.3.20 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Knowing When to Zip It

TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! (Psalm 141:3 ESV)

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Goodness, morning came early. I normally go to bed super early, but the last two nights have been 1:30 AM and 11:30 PM, respectively. I even got a text message from one of my magazine publishers yesterday, “You were up at midnight?!?” It’s just not my routine. I’ve been up since 6:30 (at least I did sleep late) and I’m already ready for a nap (it’s 7:10 as I type this). It’s definitely an “I need lots of coffee and Jesus” kind of day.

With that said, we’re keeping things super short today. My coffee hasn’t started working yet.

Today, let’s go to an important reminder from Scripture. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” (Psalm 141:3). When David wrote these words, I can’t help if he was also watching the chaos of a pandemic play out on his Facebook profile too. (Kidding…)

Seriously, we live in a time when so many of us love the sound of our own voices and opinions so much, we don’t know when to be silent. We all know someone who fits this proverb: “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion” (Proverbs 18:2). And yet, no one ever thinks this proverbs is about themselves. Interesting… 

The Bible also tells us, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20). And then there’s another favorite of mine, “You don’t have to show up to every argument you’re invited to.” I am not certain, but I think that one is found in Facebook 24:7.

Today, as you pray, thank God for the gift of communication. But ask the Holy Spirit to help you speak wisely, and even to place His holy hand of restraint over your mouth during the times when you need to be silent.

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