Daily Prayer, May 12

Matthew 15:11 “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a person.”

Jesus, I draw close to you now. This moment of prayer: fellowship. My thouhts and words: a conversation. Let the things You spoke in scripture come to mind when needed, as part of You speaking with me. And may the Spirit even use the Bible to speak for my soul.

After all my years of life, teach me anew to speak well. Give me more patience and grace for those near me when their words are unkind, or rude, or lengthy and bothersome. Open my heart, Master, to understanding what someone else is feeling and needing, not just what they are speaking. And, by Your grace, help me be more interested in understanding than in being understood. Amen.

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