Asking for God’s Help is an Option that Sometimes Gets Overlooked
He did it again. Even though Nick knew it had not worked out well on dozens of occasions in the past when he spoke harshly to his wife during a disagreement, in the heat of the moment he defaulted to it once more. Because of his tone of voice and volume, now the wheels of their communication were officially off.
For those of us who tend to get ourselves into trouble with our mouths, this is a familiar scene. Controlling what we say, how much we say, and how and when we say it can be a real challenge, especially when we’re in the habit of just “letting it fly.”
From the sounds of a few verses penned by David, he needed some help in this area, too. In Psalm 141:3, for example, he prayed:
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”
Simply put, David asked God to help him watch his mouth. He needed back-up to make sure what came out of his mouth was not something he would regret later.
David had experienced first-hand the nuclear potential of language. He knew words have the power to build up or tear down, to destroy or give life, so rather than trying to watch his mouth alone, he asked God to help him.
Who knew you could do that?
Before Nick went back into the room he closed his eyes for a second and prayed,
“Dear Lord, please help me to communicate with her. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Now he’s talking.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.