The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples,
That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. Isaiah 50:4
A disciple is a learner. Lord, make me a student of the people with whom I come into contact today. Let me be fully present in our conversations, attentive to their heart, not on what I should say next. There are so many battle-weary companion pilgrims who share the road of life with me. Let me be a rapt listener to their hearts.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
Is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Proverbs 15:11-12
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
That they may be ready on your lips. Proverbs 22:17-18
Help me, Lord, to have a word from You to give people, according to their need. Let it be ready upon my lips. Is this a good reason for me to memorize Your word?
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, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
A very wise checklist: 1) nothing unwholesome, 2) speak what makes the other person better, 3) just right for the occasion, and 4) full of grace, kindness, and reminders of forgiveness. Lord, I cannot think that fast — to monitor my speech as it is flowing. Please help me to meditate on these attributes of helpful conversation, so that I will be more likely to produce good lip-fruit when You present the opportunity.