30 Days of Praying for Your Local High School: Day 15 Talking vs. Praying

30 Days of Prayer

Why is it that when something is wrong, our first instinct is to talk about it?  We talk and talk, to anyone who will listen.  I think that this is especially a problem among women.  We worry and gossip and meddle when we should be praying.  We even use the times of sharing “Prayer Requests” at  our local churches, Bible studies, and prayer meetings as opportunities for gossip disguised as spirituality.

Apparently this problem was common in Bible times as well.  1 Timothy 5:13-14 sees young widows (which I am also applying to women in general) who “get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house.  And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.”  He counsels these women “to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.” 

Did you get that?  These women were idle busybodies who spoke (or called, texted, facebooked, tweeted, blogged, or e-mailed) about others instead of managing their own homes.  The result of their idle chatter was that they gave the enemy an opportunity for slanderEphesians 4:27 warns us “do not give the devil a foothold.”  When you choose to talk about something or someone instead of praying about it, you are giving the devil ample opportunity to gain a foothold in your life and in the lives of others.  You are giving the devil the opportunity to slander God’s name, God’s character, and God’s people.  This is serious stuff!

So next time, before you talk about it, go to God in prayer about it.  He loves to hear from his children.  God promises that if you will ask him for something in prayer, and believe he will do it, then you will receive it!  Now isn’t that a lot better than just talking about it?

 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”  Matthew 21:22

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