Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having a burning coal in his hand, and with it he touched my mouth. Isaiah 6:6-7
This morning while I was having my quiet time with the Lord, I blurted out loud, “Lord, I ask for your anointing on my mind and my mouth. Amen.” At first, I was startled. “Where did that come from?” I allowed myself time to ponder the words that had been coming from my mouth--replaying past conversations in my mind. Have I been speaking words of hope? Have I been speaking truth? Gossip? Hurtful words? It was only after a time of introspection that I realized I was not praying for forgiveness for past sins so much as I was asking for God’s blessing and approval (anointing) on thoughts and utterances yet to come.
Perhaps, God knows that in the coming week I will be challenged to hold my tongue when I want to judge or criticize another. Perhaps, I will be faced with a hard truth that I am called upon to share--never an easy encounter for the people-pleaser aspect of my personality. I only know for sure what scripture tells me. When Isaiah’s lips were cleansed from sin, God said, “Whom shall I send?” And Isaiah responded, “Here I am, Lord, send me.”
This morning, I want you to pray about your mind and the words that come from your mouth. Do your lips need the burning coal of God’s cleansing? Do you need to ask for forgiveness for careless words hurled at another? Perhaps, you could ask for God’s anointing that your words might bring healing. Be God’s voice. Tell God to send you to spread the joyous, good news of His love.
Let my words be acceptable to you, Oh God. Linda