Watch My Mouth

Watch My Mouth

I have my quiet time early in the mornings.  I like to sit with my Bible in the quiet house, waking up with the Lord.  Recently in the middle of my prayers I began to hear myself as if I was hearing someone else.  What I heard was less of a communion with the King of Kings and more of a list of all my stuff.  I thanked God for my house, my husband, my health, and on down the list.

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. – Matthew 15:18 (NKJV)

These words revealed a subtle attitude of my heart which was very self-centered.  Not that I think that my prayer was sinful, only that it highlighted a tendency towards pride.  In my heart, all of these things were “mine” and were quite separate from God.

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)

I’m thankful for the chance to consider this carefully.  I need the reminder that I have been rescued - bought at a price.  Not only everything I have, but everything I am belongs to God.  By changing a few simple words, my prayers can remind me of this.  I thank the Lord for letting me live in a warm house, for blessing me with a wonderful husband, and for the gift of good health.  This small change to my prayer helps my heart truly feel the thankfulness that I expressed with my words, and that my Lord so fully deserves.