James warns us that with the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Heavenly Father, we lift up to You the Christian Believers in Sri Lanka. We ask that You guard their hearts and their tongues. In a nation that is divided along ethnic and religious lines, and the current financial crisis makes life very hard, we pray that Christian Believers will not turn against or speak evil of people of other faiths. Instead, may their patience and grace be evident, and may the words of their mouths be pleasing to God and to man. May they be peacemakers and bridge builders (The Bible, James 3:9).
Lord, we pray that the rulers and the Iraqis will know that life and death is in the tongue. The tongue is so small yet it has such great power. As the bit and the rudder have such an effect, so the small tongue can do great things. Lord, in Iraq words have moved crowds to do bad things, and the crisis has changed the future of the nation. Lord, admonish the rulers who boast with big talks but it has caused much damage. We pray for the Christian Believers to have control of the tongue, and the wise use of words. A little flame can destroy a great forest. What people say can be as dangerous as that fire. Make them use their tongue to bless people (The Bible, James 3:5).