Prayer based on James 3

by henry glover
October 22, 2018

You can read James 3 here:


Lord, I pray for our teachers who are judged with greater strictness. Even though our teachers and I stumble in many ways, may we strive to be like Jesus, able to bridle the whole body. Remind me that just as we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey, we guide their whole bodies as well. Likewise, remind me of the large ships that are driven by strong winds, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. While my tongue is a small member, I pray that it does not boast.

Also, remind me, how great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! For my tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. I pray that my tongue which is set among my members does not stain the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of my life and the life of others. I pray for forgiveness for my tongue set on fire by hell. Can all your creatures be tamed by us, yet, no human being can tame the tongue? Forgive me, Lord, for my tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. It is my prayer that I use my tongue to bless you, our Lord and Father, and not use it to curse people who are made in the likeness of you, our God. Forgive me that from the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My mouth should not be a spring that pours both fresh and saltwater. Nor, should my body be a fig tree bearing olives, or a grapevine producing figs. Likewise, I am not a salt pond yielding fresh water.

Lord may I be wise, understanding, and by my good conduct let me show my works in the meekness of wisdom. If I have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in my heart, do not let me boast and be false to the truth. For this type of heart is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. Let me see where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, as there will be disorder and in every vile practice. My prayer is that the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. May I sow a harvest of righteousness in peace as I make peace.

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