What Words Do You Speak?
Do you ever say meaningless things? It could be speaking out words of sarcastic remarks to put others down or even to make fun of oneself so to help others belong. For some, there is the constant routine of turning to swearing in times of distress and anger, even though people don't really mean what they say. Being human, it is hard to find the best ways to express the way we truly feel, and so we lash out in meaningless words.
We are taught though that every action reflects on who we are as people of God. Words then have the same impact. For every piece of advice we offer in support, every threat we deliver out of jealousy, every reaction we give from feelings of joy or anger, we show those around us what it means to be a child of God. So why then would we want to jeopardize God's image? Words have a great impact in our world. It should be a gift, the ability to communicate and to speak, as we can do so much good and show those around us God's plan for them. This is why the prophets of the past came to deliver the good news of god through speech, because it can impact so many more people.
In today's Gospel, Jesus says:'"And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses'(Matthew 6:7-15). Jesus tells us the words we need to pray, the words we need to live by in order to be true followers of our faith. Therefore, let us pray to God every day for the words to speak in order to reflect the goodness of our faith.
Today's prayer comes from 'belief net', a prayer for accepting God's will:
Your word in Isaiah 55:9, says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” And in response to your word I say, “I thank you for being above me and knowing what is best for me.” In this life, we are all searching for our purpose and asking for your will to be done. But let us not be blindsided and naive to think that as we ask, so we are ready for it to be revealed and respond accordingly. I pray that as each of us comes to a point in our lives where we dare to ask you to reveal your will for us, you would put us in a place of acceptance of what you reveal to us. It may not be what we want, but it will surely be what we need in order to live a life fully invested in you. When fear attempts to consume us, be the destroyer of the fear by your perfect love for we know it casts out all fear. When you see that we are tempted to turn back and ignore your will, chasten our spirits and helps us to see that you only want the best for us. Help us to realize that anything you bring into our lives and anything you reveal to us is for our good. Give us a spirit of acceptance and a heart open to your move in our lives. Most of all Lord, let us never get so caught up in seeking you out for a revelation that we forget to seek you, for you. Let us always desire to be with you above all things. Seeking your kingdom first and letting everything else be added afterwords. Letting your love surround us and cast out any fear or doubts. Help us to live in love with you, accept your will for our lives and give us the proper response to your revelation.
In Jesus’ Name,