Readings: Proverbs 21:21-24, 28-29, James 3:3-12, Matthew 5:10-20
Pray from the Depths of my Heart
Pastor Jon will speak to us this Sunday about “reforming the tongue.” Proverbs 21:22 tells us, “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” We know that our words can speak life and truth, or not. Our tongues need constant direction from our minds and from our hearts. Martin Luther said, “Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.” Even when our words are right, they need the backing of the heart and the Spirit’s push from the mind in order to be a spring of living water to a thirsty soul. James is so bold to say, the tongue “corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” Whoa! We need to be sure if our tongues are on fire, it’s the Holy Spirit’s fire! Dear Lord, help us guard our mouths and please guide our minds to speak from a heart that is right and filled with You. Teach us to pray from the depths of our heart and remind us You hear every word. Thank you, Lord Jesus, amen.