Prayer Of Thanks for The Spirit Inspired Scripture
The Holy Spirit: Author of Scripture
First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
On June 27, 1819, Adoniram Judson baptized his first convert in Burma. His wife, Ann Hasseltine, described how Moung Nau had responded to the Scripture: “A few days ago I was reading with him Christ's Sermon on the Mount. He was deeply impressed and unusually solemn.
'These words,' said he, 'take hold on my liver; they make me tremble.'” God spoke through Isaiah the prophet 2,700 years ago and said, “This is the man to whom I will look, he that is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word . . .
Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at his word” (Isaiah 66:2, 5).
The Bible's Impact in History
For two thousand years the Bible has been taking hold of people's lives and making them tremble—first with fear because it reveals our sin, then with faith because it reveals God's grace. A single verse, Romans 13:13, convicted and converted the immoral Augustine. For Martin Luther, a miserable monk, the light broke in through Romans 1:17. He said,
Night and day I pondered until I saw the connection between the justice of God and the statement that “the just shall live by his faith.” Then I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. (Here I Stand, p. 49)
For Jonathan Edwards it was 1 Timothy 1:17. He says,
The first instance, that I remember, of that sort of inward, sweet delight in God and divine things, that I have lived much in since, was on reading these words, 1 Tim.1:17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” As I read the words, there came into my soul . . .
a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense quite different from anything I ever experienced before. Never any words of Scripture seemed to me as these words did. (Works, vol. 1, p. xii)
From century to century, from Egypt to Germany to New England, the Bible has been drawing people to Christ and making them new.
The Bible as the Word of Man and the Word of God
Why? Why has the Bible had this abiding relevance and power? I believe the answer is found in our text.
2 Peter 1:20–21, “First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
” This passage teaches that when you read Scripture, what you are reading does not merely come from a man but also from God. The Bible is the writing of many different men. But it is also far more than that. Yes, men spoke. They spoke with their own language and style. But Peter mentions two other dimensions of their speaking.
Speaking from God, Moved by the Holy Spirit
First, they spoke from God. What they have to say is not merely from their own limited perspective. They are not the origin of the truth they speak; they are the channel. The truth is God's truth. Their meaning is God's meaning.
Second, not only is what they spoke from God, but how they spoke it is controlled by the Holy Spirit. “Men, moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke from God.
” God did not simply reveal truth to the writers of Scripture and then depart in hopes that they might communicate it accurately. Peter says that in the very communicating of it they were carried by the Holy Spirit.
The making of the Bible was not left to merely human skills of communication; the Holy Spirit himself carried the process to completion.
One recent book by three former teachers of mine (LaSor, Hubbard, and Bush, Old Testament Survey, p. 15) puts it this,
To assure verbal precision God, in communicating his revelation, must be verbally precise, and inspiration must extend to the very words. This does not mean that God dictated every word.Rather his Spirit so pervaded the mind of the human writer that he chose his own vocabulary and experience precisely those words, thoughts and expressions that conveyed God's message with precision.
In this sense the words of the human authors of Scripture can be viewed as the word of God.
Not Just Prophecy, but All Scripture
Someone might say that 2 Peter 1:20–21 only has to do with prophecy not with all Old Testament Scripture. But look carefully how he argues. In verse 19 Peter says that a prophetic word has been made more sure to him by his experience with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration. Then in verses 20–21 he undergirds the authority of this prophetic word by saying it is part of Scripture.
Verse 20: “No prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation.” Peter is not saying that only prophetic parts of Scripture are inspired by God. He is saying, We know the prophetic word is inspired precisely because it is a “prophecy of Scripture.
” Peter's assumption is that whatever stands in Scripture is from God, written by men who were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
His teaching is the same as Paul's in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” None of the Old Testament Scriptures came by the impulse of man. All of it is truth from God as men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
What About the New Testament Writings?
But what about the New Testament? Did the apostles and their close associates (Mark, Luke, James, Jude, and the writer to the Hebrews) experience divine inspiration as they wrote? Were they “carried” by the Holy Spirit to speak from God? The Christian church has always answered yes.
Jesus said to his apostles in John 16:12–13, “I have yet many things to say to you but you cannot bear them now.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you things that are to come.”Then the apostle Paul confirms this when he says of his own apostolic teaching in 1 Corinthians 2:12–13, “We have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.
And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit.” In 2 Corinthians 13:3 he said that Christ speaks in him.
And in Galatians 1:12 he said, “I did not receive [my gospel] from man nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
” If we take Paul as our model for what it meant to be an apostle of Christ, then it would be fair to say that the New Testament as well as the Old is not merely from man but also from God. The writers of the Old Testament and New Testament spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Is the Divine Author of Scripture
The doctrine that emerges is this: The Holy Spirit is the divine author of all Scripture.
If this doctrine is true, then the implications are so profound and far-reaching that every part of our lives should be affected. I want to talk about those implications this morning.
But for our own strengthening and for those still wavering on the outskirts of commitment let me first sketch out the basis of our persuasion.
Coming to a Reasonable Faith in Scripture
Most people come to a reasonable trust in the Bible as God's word something this. It happens in three stages.
1. We Are Guilty Before God
First, the testimony of our own conscience, the reality of God behind nature, and the message of Scripture come together in our hearts to give us the inescapable conviction that we are guilty before our Creator.
This is a reasonable conviction because the persuasion that there is a Creator above this world and the persuasion that we are guilty for not honoring and thanking him as we ought are not irrational leaps in the dark; they are forced upon us by our experience and our honest thinking about the world.
2. Jesus Wins Our ConfidenceThe second step on the way to a reasonable persuasion that the Bible is God's word is that Jesus Christ is shown to us. Someone reads or tells us the story of this incomparable man who talked and acted so much more than a man.
We see the authority he claimed to forgive sin and command demons and control nature, we see the purity of his moral teaching, his utter surrender to the will of God, his brilliant calm under cross-examination, his righteous fury against hypocrites, his tenderness toward little children, his patience with the humble seekers, his innocent submission to torture, and we hear from his lips the sweetest, most-needed words ever spoken: “I have come to give my life as a ransom for many.”
And so by the self-authenticating force of his incomparable character and power Jesus wins our confidence and our trust and we take him as Savior from our sin and Lord of our life. And this is not an irrational persuasion.
It's the way all of you go about making reasonable decisions about whom you will trust in life.
Will you trust this babysitter with your children, or this lawyer to give you good counsel, or this friend to keep your secret? You look, you listen, and eventually you are persuaded (or not) that here in this person is solid ground for your confidence.
3. We Follow the Teaching and Spirit of Jesus
Once the character and power of Jesus have captured our trust, then he becomes the guide and authority for all our future decisions and persuasions.
So the third step on the way to a reasonable persuasion that the Bible is God's word is to let the teaching and the spirit of Jesus control how we assess the Bible. This happens in at least two ways. One is that we accept what Jesus teaches about the Old and New Testaments.
When he says that Scripture can't be broken (John 10:35) and that not an iota or dot will pass from the law till all is accomplished (Matthew 5:18), we agree with him and base our confidence in the Old Testament on his reliability.And when he chose twelve apostles to found his church, gives them his authority to teach, and promises to send his Spirit to guide them into truth, we agree with him and credit the writings of these men with the authority of Christ.
The other way the teaching and spirit of Jesus control our assessment of the Bible is that we recognize in the teachings of the Bible the many-colored rays of light refracted out from the prism of Christ whom we have come to trust.
And just as Christ enabled us to make sense our relation to God and bring harmony to it, so also the many rays of his truth in every part of the Bible enable us to make sense hundreds of our experiences in life and see the way to harmony.
Our confidence in Scripture grows as we realize that Jesus affirmed it and as we realize that its teachings are as incomparable as Jesus himself.
Time after time they help us make sense life's puzzles: failing marriages, rebellious children, drug addiction, warring nations, the return of leaves in spring, the insatiable longings of our hearts, the fear of death, the coming into being of children, the universality of praise and blame, the prevalence of pride, and the admiration of self-denial. The Bible confirms its divine origin again and again as it makes sense our experience in the real world and points the way to harmony.
I hope, therefore, that one of the doctrines which we cherish at Bethlehem enough to die for it (and live for it!) is that the Holy Spirit is the divine author of all Scripture. The Bible is God's word, not merely man's word.
Implications for All of Life
O, that we had all day to talk about the wonderful implications of this doctrine! The Holy Spirit is the author of Scripture. Therefore, it is true (Psalm 119:142) and altogether reliable (Hebrews 6:18).
It is powerful, working its purpose in our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:13) and not returning empty to the One who sent it (Isaiah 55:10–11). It is pure, silver refined in a furnace seven times (Psalm 12:6). It is sanctifying (John 17:17).
It gives life (Psalm 119:37, 50, 93, 107; John 6:63; Matthew 4:4). It makes wise (Psalm 19:7; 119:99–100). It gives joy (Psalm 19:8; 119:16, 92, 111, 143, 174) and promises great reward (Psalm 19:11).It gives strength to the weak (Psalm 119:28) and comfort to the distraught (Psalm 119:76) and guidance to the perplexed (Psalm 119:105) and salvation to the lost (Psalm 119:155; 2 Timothy 3:15). The wisdom of God in Scripture is inexhaustible.
How precious to me are thy thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
30 Inspirational Bible Verses – Scripture to Inspire Your Soul
Bible Verses for Inspiration – Scripture quotes are a plentiful source of inspiration. The Bible can inspire us to be loving and courageous despite the malevolence in the world. Whenever you are lacking motivation, refer to these Bible verses for inspiration to seek love and peace!
Bible Verses for Inspiration
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Psalm 27:1 ESV
Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 1:21 ESV
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
John 17:17 ESV
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
John 14:26 ESV
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
2 Peter 3:16 ESV
As he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
Lamentations 3:22-23 ESVThe steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
2 Peter 1:20-21 ESV
Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Inspiring Scripture Quotes
Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Ephesians 2:20 ESV
Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,
John 16:13 ESV
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
John 10:35 ESV
If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—
Psalm 34:8 ESV
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
James 1:2-4 ESV
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESVBe watchful, stand firm in the faith, act men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Romans 8:38-39 ESV
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Inspiration from the Bible
Joshua 1:9 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Romans 8:38-39 ESV
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 40:31 ESV
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 23:1 ESV
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Job 32:8 ESV
But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
Revelation 21:4 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
1 Peter 5:7 ESV
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Hebrews 13:5-7 ESVKeep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
Scripture Prayer for the Tongue
by Cindy Vander Haar
Thank you for visiting Scripture Prayer for the Tongue. To fully understand the principles of praying scripturally, please read the teaching “Why Pray Scripture?” .
Hearing God: As it is rare to hear an audible voice from God, one of the ways God will speak to us is through His written Word and a small still voice inside us.
Before reviewing the scripture references below that address what the Bible says about controlling the tongue ask the Holy Spirit of revelation to join you.
When certain verses capture your attention more than others, meditate and incorporate those into your personal daily prayer life.
Heavenly Father, we ask You to give complete knowledge of Your Will to this reader, and to give him/her Your spiritual wisdom and understanding as they seek You with all their hearts and lean not on their own understanding. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Scripture References About the Tongue
(All scripture is quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted.)
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the third day. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. Genesis 1:3-14
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33:6-9
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our ness… Genesis 1:26
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk ever come your mouth, but only such speech that is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption…Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind). And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another (readily and freely) as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:29 (AMP)
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20
Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3:5-6 (NIV)
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles an creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s ness.
the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
James 3:7-12 (NIV)
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. James 3:2 (NIV)
There is not even one thing outside a man which by going into him can pollute and defile him; but the things which come a man are what defile him and make him unhallowed and unclean. Mark 7:15 (AMP)
If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue, but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile and barren). James 1:26 (AMP)
How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34b (AMP)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it. Proverbs 18:21 (AMP)
…for the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Luke 6:45
For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced. Matthew 23:37 (AMP)
Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 (AMP)
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:9 (AMP)
There are those who speak rashly, the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 (AMP)
Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business and painful effort, and fool’s voice with many words. Ecclesiastes 5:2 (AMP)
If I can speak in the tongues of men and even of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have sufficient faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).
Even if I dole out all that I have to the poor in providing food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it (it pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
)It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything (without weakening.)Love never fails (never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end.
…And so faith, hope, love abide (faith-conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to god and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing God’s love for and in us), these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13 (AMP)
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body. Proverbs 16:24 (AMP)
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Psalm 34:13
A gentle tongue (with it’s healing power) is a tree of life, but willful contrariness breaks down the spirit. Proverbs 15:4 (AMP)
Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him: He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and ) so shall your plans be established and succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (AMP)
…Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:4-6
But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God. Matthew 19:26 (AMP)
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1
You created the universe when You spoke it into existence with the words of Your own mouth. Your words are almighty and powerful. And now You say there is power in the words that I speak for I am created in Your image. Help me to be careful and responsible with my mouth, to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
You tell me in Your Word that blessing and cursing come from the same mouth—that even a fountain does not spout fresh water and bitter water from the same spout.
And, yet, with my tongue I bless you, Lord, and with it I curse men who are made in Your ness. Forgive me, Lord, for my untamed tongue that is so often full of poison.
Change my heart, Oh Lord, for the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Help me, Lord, for You have said that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Forgive me for being critical, judgmental, sarcastic, rude or unkind with my words. Help me to speak life and encouragement to those around me.
Help me to walk in love always offering words of kindness, love, and grace so that I do not grieve the Holy Spirit.Help me to be wise and use my tongue to speak healing words because a gentle tongue is a tree of life, and I don’t want to crush other people’s spirits.
Put a watch guard over my mouth and keep me from trouble. Teach me to know when to speak and when to be still or pray. And when I speak, help me to speak the truth in love. I don’t want my service to You to be worthless because I cannot bridle my tongue.
I want to mature and keep my lips from evil. I trust you Lord, to cause me to desire and to do Your will and to cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will.
I thank you for Your grace for me, Lord, and I give You all the glory for the changes You bring in my life by Your Holy Spirit.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11
Scripture Prayer for the Tongue was written to lift up and encourage the body of believers; sharing your testimony is one of the ways that we continue to overcome the enemy.
Do The 9 Fruits Of The Spirit Describe You?
I’m sure you’ve heard of the fruits of the spirit. And they are all incredible, Godly traits we should strive for. But if we are honest we know we cannot be good examples of these traits without help from the Lord above. So here it is, the fruits of the spirit prayer to help us bear more Godly fruit (see what I did there).
Let’s get started with the fruits themselves. In Galatians 5:22-23, 25 the Apostle Paul writes,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law…Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
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Living in step with the Spirit can be a lot tougher than we give it credit for. We are all better at certain fruits than others, my biggest struggle, for instance, is patience.
But, that doesn’t mean I get to say ‘Well God didn’t make me patient” and just give up.
We have to try day by day to be a better representation of our Father God and that means striving to be more loving, more joyful, more peaceful, more patient, more kind, more faithful, and have more self-control!
So let’s do it. You can pray one big prayer or focus your prayer on an area that is weighing on your heart the most. But, let’s stop talking about it and start praying about it!Father God, Creator of Heaven and Earth thank you. Thank you for loving me enough to help me become more you. Lord, you have shown us what it means to live in the Spirit, but I need help. Please help me, Lord.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Love
Lord help me to fix my eyes on the love you share with me every day. And, may I be reminded of the grace and mercy you extended through your son as I go through my life.
Lord, may I look to your love as a guide to love others. And not just those who are easy to love. But God give me your eyes so that I may see all your children the way you do.
Help me please God to love myself the way that you love me. For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Lord help me to find my joy in you. God, you are the source of all good things and a life that draws its strength from you is a life of true and deep joy. Even in the tough times help me to rejoice in your goodness and your plan for my life. And, help me to seek you, as the well that never runs dry so that my joy can overflow into the lives of everyone I meet.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Peace
Father, please help me find peace. I have placed my life in your hands. Help me to remember that there is no reason to worry or be anxious for you have a plan much greater than anything I could ever understand.
May I find peace in your steadiness, your faithfulness, your strength and you desire not to harm me.
May I fix my eyes on you in the storms of life to find the peace that passes all understanding, a peace found only in you.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Patience
Help me Lord to find patience. As the tests and trials of life come at me day by day help me to find strength in you to make it through. Lord help me to learn to wait for your timing and your plan instead of rushing forward with my own.
May I trust you enough to remember that vengeance is not mine. When I am ready to snap remind me, Lord of all the times, you have been patient with me. Help me to be present in the season you have placed me in instead of hurrying life away.
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Lord help me to be kind. Help my words to uplift and show your love. Lord, may my actions build others up so that they too will know the love of Jesus. May I be generous with the things you have blessed me with.May I give to others expecting nothing in return, the way you give me blessings upon blessings every day. Lord help me to remember that one act of kindness in your name may not change the world, but it could change a life.
Let me be kind in all things just at Jesus was kind, even to those who persecuted Him.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Goodness
Lord help me to find true goodness. May I do the right thing, not just because I should but because I can glorify you through it. May my thoughts be good, wholesome and righteous.
Help me God to do the right thing so that I can show others your way through obedience and a pure heart. Lord, you are good. In all things, in all times even when we don’t understand God you are good.
Remind me father that though I am called to be good, it is your goodness that has saved my soul.
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Help me Father, to be faithful to you in all I do. Lord may I put all my trust in you. May I faithfully give you control of every matter in my life. May I focus on your will for my life and follow you even when you call me to things I may not understand.
I have complete confidence in your will for my life. May I be as faithful to others as you are to me, Lord. Make me steady and dependable a pillar of strength for those around me as you are for me. So, my faithfulness inspires others to put their trust in you.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Gentleness
Lord God please make me gentle. Remind me Father God of all the times you have been gentle in your responses to me and my sin and foolishness. May I be so gentle in my interaction with others.
Lord may I show your strength through my meekness. If I am to raise my voice Lord may it be only to raise my voice in prayer and praise to you. And, may my gentleness turn away anger.
Help me, Father, to be gentle as your son Jesus Christ was gentle.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Self-Control
Father God give me the strength to have self-control. I have my struggles and temptations and I know that Satan will use them against me. Lord help me to have the self-control to fight my temptations and remain steady on the path you have set before me.
I know that if I give in my feet will fail me and I will stumble. If that happens, Lord, convict my spirit to not continue in my temptations. And, help me, Father, to stand up strong and lean on you to continue in the way set before me.
I pray that in my self-control I will hear you more clearly so that you can change me to be more you.Lord thank you. Thank you for the example that you have given us in your son Jesus Christ. God, please come alongside me as I work day by day to be your hands and feet here on Earth. And, may the fruits of your spirit inspire my spirit to bear fruit for you! Amen.
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I hope that this prayer encourages you to find strength in the Lord to grow closer to Him each and every day. And, as you work to reflect the fruits of the spirit here are some verses that will encourage you along the way.
Fruits of the Spirit – Bible Verses
1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
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Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
I pray that his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
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