Another Heartfelt Prayer

This simple — yet challenging — prayer from Psalm 19 is one that I like to reflect on from time to time. In particuar, I like the way that the NASB renders the passage:

Let the words of my mouth
And the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

I can’t help but wonder what the psalmist means by “the meditation of my heart”. Are these my thoughts? My feelings? Or perhaps my conscience? Regardless, the goal here is to ensure that everything I do — in thought, speech, and action — honors the Lord. This is a tough order, but even so, it’s surely worth aiming for each day, no?

If you feel so led, kindly join me in prayer::

Dear Jesus, You know my every conscious thought and feeling, before I am even award of them. You also know that I try to honor You with my choices each day, but sometimes I say or do the wrong thing, and the consequences (even if unintended) can be hurtful to You and others. Would you please guard my speech, fill me with Your wisdom and discernment, and help me to make good choices that please You each day? Thank You, Lord. In Your Name I pray, amen.

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12 thoughts on “Another Heartfelt Prayer

  1. This is exactly what I needed to read. I will meditate on it everyday before going to work. I feel I’m absorbing all the negativity from work in addition to my own burdens I’m facing personally. All of it can be a bit noisy and distracting, I need the lord to capture my thoughts, words, and actions before they manifest. Thank you!

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    1. Praise God. ✝️ I can empathize with what you are sharing! I suspect that you deeply care about your colleagues and students and just want what’s best for them. There is often a not-so-fine line between genuine concern and full-blown worry sometimes! As you say, we simply need to keep our focus on the Lord (and continue to exercise healthy boundaries with others).

      I will keep you in prayer! We can comfort in the knowledge that God is well-aware of our situations, and is perfectly able to intervene in them whenever He determines that the time is right.

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  2. Meditations of the heart relate to setting our minds on things above. Meditation takes conscious choice. Even when my mind wanders off to “fluff” (i.e., movies I’ve seen, books I’ve read, conversations I’ve had or heard, etc.) I can choose to remain in fleshly thoughts, or I can redirect to God.
    I join you in your prayer.

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