“Do you remember,” Stan began, “when we talked about using mental duct tape as an effective prayer tool?” [Note to Reader: See Posting Number 216, “Duct Tape as a Prayer Tool.”]
“I do.” I responded, “Put mental duct tape over my mouth so I quit talking and start listening to what God has to say when I am spending time with Him in prayer.”
“That’s right,” Stan said, “and I found another use for some mental duct tape, a use that is going to require me to get a bigger roll!”
“What did you find?” I responded.
“Again it is with the apostle Paul,” Stan replied. “I just love that guy! I was reading this morning in his letter to the church in Ephesus where he is telling the readers to watch what comes out of their mouths. He tells them to speak only what is good and what gives grace to those who hear.”
Continuing, Stan said, “Those are great words for me. I tend to run off at the mouth and say things that are inappropriate and things that do not give grace to those who bother to listen to me. The best cure for me is to put some of that mental duct tape over my mouth.”
“And,” Stan said, “I am to take that duct tape off of my mouth only when I have something worthwhile to say, something God has for me to add to the conversation.”
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29.
Prayer: Lord, you know how I tend to run off at the mouth and say things that are contrary to what you have for me to say. I confess that and ask that you please forgive me for all of those words that are not what you want. Please, Lord, help me in speaking only those words that are appropriate for the moment and which build up, rather than tear down, those who hear them. Help me to keep my mouth shut until such time as you have something for me to say. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.