The Feet and Mouth Prayer!
“God bless your mouth as you speak and your feet as you walk,” a friend wrote me.
I don’t know if that was her original prayer or if she had heard it before, but I found it to be powerful and beautiful and so very important.
We are called to “walk by faith” and to “walk in love” and for praise to continually pour forth from our mouths. We are called to share the love of Christ and to show the love of Christ and to proclaim Christ to the world around us.
So where do our feet take us in our everyday lives? Are the following the lead of the Lord or following where the flesh wants to go in rebellion against Him? What does our mouth speak each and every day? What about our hearts? What fills our hearts? What comes out in our actions? How do we live day by day? Friend, do we live above all else to love, praise, serve and glorify the Lord?
I am reminded of the verses below. Here are mentioned the feet and mouth to be used to proclaim and praise the Lord. What are you doing with your feet and your mouth on a daily basis? Are you glorifying the Lord?
Oh Lord, use us to bring you glory! Use our mouths. Use our feet. Use our whole bodies. Use our hearts. Use our very lives. To bring you praise. To bring you honor. To bring you pleasure. To make you proud. To love and serve you. Help us to be humble before you. As my friend so beautifully wrote me, dear Father, bless our mouths as we speak and our feet as we walk. Amen!
“how beautiful are the feet……..”
“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.” Psalm 34:1-2
“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”” Psalm 52:7
“You are so good!” I exclaimed to the Lord.
Then I caught myself. I was praising Him because the heat had come back where I was staying for which I was indescribably thankful especially given I have an extreme sensitivity to cold. Nothing wrong with praising the Lord. We should praise Him! But shortly before I had been taking two of my handicapped ministry dogs on their early morning walk when I often sing to the Lord and had refused. I had been mad, discouraged, and feeling sorry for myself. Why should I praise the Lord? I wasn’t getting what I wanted.
Now I was acting like the Lord deserved my praise because He had given me something I wanted. But the Lord is worthy of my praise and your praise how often? ALL THE TIME. Our praise should NOT be conditional on our flesh and attitudes and circumstances but on the Lord and His eternal goodness and everlasting love and awesome mercy and on and on.
Let us not limit our praise to times of good news and big blessings and happy things and so forth. Let us remember the Lord desires and deserves our praise at all times.
Father, help us to praise and worship you when and how and where you desire! Help us praise you unconditionally. Anytime. Because you deserve praise ALL THE TIME dear Lord, AMEN!
“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4
God’s Tough Love
“I have been tough with you because you needed this correction,” the Lord spoke to my heart. “I have corrected you. What will you do? Repent and GO FORWARD.” He was not finished. He told me some more and then this. “And do not look to yesterday at what you did wrong, but be thankful I have forgiven you and now go forward IN MY LOVE.”
We talk about tough love between humans when the need arises, but what about the Lord? Does He give tough love sometimes? Oh, yes! Read the Bible from start to finish and you will most assuredly see. But don’t miss the most important aspects of God’s tough love. First, He gives it because He is Lord and we are to love and obey Him. Second, He gives it because He loves us and wants us in intimate forever fellowship with Him and wants to bless us in this relationship through our obedience.
Jesus Christ is not only Lord. He is also our Father in heaven. God manifests Himself as our Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And, in His fullness, He is our heavenly Father. And the Bible makes clear His chastening and correction are borne of His love for us as His children.
Oh, Lord, help us to love and obey you. Correct us when we need correction. Remind us of your love for sometimes when you chasten us we forget your amazing love for us. Please help us when you lead us to repentance to seek and receive your forgiveness and to not look back at our wrongs but to go forward in love for and obedience to you most gracious and beloved Father and Lord. AMEN!
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
““My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:5-11
But God, I’m Scared
One of the greatest lessons I have learned about fear is this. We may FEEL fear, but we can choose NOT to ACT on fear. Our actions should be based on the Lord and His will for us, not on feelings of fear. But we don’t need to wait until the feeling of fear is gone for us to act according to the Lord’s will. We can go forward following Jesus DESPITE the feeling of fear. The feeling of fear may go away. The feeling of fear may not go away. We can have victory over the feeling of fear by LIVING – including ACTING – by faith instead of fear.
Let me give you an example. I’m on the road for Jesus full-time, and it can be really scary at 50-something years old as a single woman with handicapped ministry doggies and a super old car to go from place to place many of those places of which I have never been and stay in hotels I know nothing about other than what I have seen on the Internet or heard about on the phone. I CHOOSE to pray, listen, and follow Jesus even when I FEEL fear. I don’t wait until the fear is gone to CHOOSE to go forward. Sometimes the FEELING of fear goes away before I step out in faith. Sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, I go because Jesus is calling.
Father God, help us to walk by faith and not to walk by fear. Help us to make our decisions according to your will and not bow down to our flesh and how we feel. Forgive us when we fall into fear, Lord, and help us to leave fear behind as we learn day by day to faithfully and humbly follow you. AMEN!
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor. 5:7
Serving Jesus on the Battlefield
I used to get so overwhelmed and feel so awful and be so debilitated and allow myself to get so intimidated in the thick of my spiritual battles when the devil came at me full force that I would become either virtually paralyzed or totally paralyzed when it came to serving Jesus. I would often stop doing the work to which He had called me either figuring I would wait until the battle was over or even worse not believe I would make it through the battle, that the battle would end, or that I would ever be able to start up again serving Jesus. I allowed the devil to shut me down and left serving Jesus to other people. I didn’t believe I could wage in spiritual war and serve the Lord at the same time.
Now I know better. I serve the Lord right from the trenches of my fiery battles, I trust the Lord will give me the strength and carry me through. I believe my victory is in, through, and for Jesus. I may feel really yucky and weary in the thick of the battles, but I press on anyway bound and determined to love and serve Jesus through it all.
Friend, if you’re in a battle right now, don’t quit! Persevere! Press on! Look to the Lord! Call on the Lord! Pray! Dig deep into the Bible and live by it! Reach out to fellow Christ followers for love, prayer, encouragement, and support! Don’t let the devil shut you down! Your victory is in Christ! Go forth!
Dear almighty God, help us to win our battles through you! Help us not to quit in the thick of them! Help us to serve you right from the battlefield! Give us strength, Lord, oh, strengthen us as we are desperate for your strength! And give us the wisdom we need day by day to secure victory! You are Lord! Thank you Father, amen!
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4