God be in my mouth
They can inspire, coax, compliment, express love, and bring us together, but they can also cause irreparable harm. We are often afraid to have a “difficult” conversation, especially with someone we care about, for fear of causing permanent harm.
Guidance for our speech
Ken Wilber describes the divine nature of communication in his book, God Be in My Head: the Sarum Prayer, and encourages us to look to our Creator for guidance, comfort, and usually a taming of what we really want to say when we struggle.
Jesus said, “Out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
The words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, whether or not they are eloquent and eloquent (Benedict XVI: speaking from a heart full of joy, compassion, love, encouragement, and so on), are one of the most powerful speeches ever delivered by a human being.
Speaking up even when we don’t want to or are afraid
It’s easy to stay silent even when we know we shouldn’t because something is wrong; relying on the Holy Spirit will help us know what to say when it’s time to say it.
What kind of inner paths is our inner speaking carving out in our inner landscapes? The Chatterbox is that negative voice in our heads that discourages or disempowers us, as well as our negative and unpleasant thoughts about others.
One of Shakespeare’s most famous lines is “God be in my mouth u2014 and in my speaking,” but how many of us aspire to be as fluent in our language as he was when he wrote his masterpiece The King’s Speech at Oxford University in England?
God be in my heart
The Jesus Prayer pray-er would calm their clamoring thoughts and sense a downward slide of their “center of awareness” into the heart with a little patience. “God be in my heart u2014 and in my thinking,” empowers our compassion and care for others.
God be at my end
Pilate’s damning gesture, his arm outstretched towards one who stood blameless, was merely a comma, pointing to what was about to happen: the resurrection.
MLK’s end and his departing
Martin Luther King’s final speech on the eve of his execution gives me goosebumps because he knew he was nearing the end of his life and faced it with dignity and grace. Like Moses, he did not live to see the end of his people’s story, but he met it with grace and hospitality.
America has a cultural aversion to death and dying
Our funeral rituals last less than a week from the time of death in American culture. How we meet death is in our hands, and the Rev. Ken Wilson correctly proposes that we meet it with open hands. Death is unavoidable; how we deal with it is up to us.
From Compline: Lord, grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end
Compline is the Episcopal Church’s bedtime prayer, in which we ask God to protect us in our vulnerable state of rest, using one of several Psalms (4, 31, 91, 134). Psalm 31 is one of my favorites because of its understanding of God’s strength.
During Compline, I always say this optional prayer
Compline, with its alliteration and poetic cadence, is a true comfort to pray and say, acknowledging that we are mortal and in need of protection from our enemies.
Digging for the truth
A monk may remove a shovel-full of dirt from his grave on a daily basis in some monastic traditions, as a daily reckoning with the inevitability of our death. The Sarum Prayer is certainly a prayer that will bring us closer to God. Experiment with it and make it your own.
Can you talk to God in your head?
You can talk to God out loud or in your head, whichever feels more effective to you; it’s also a good idea to find a quiet or private space to talk in so you can concentrate.
Who wrote the prayer God be in my head?
The original author of the prayer “God be in my head” is unknown; however, the prayer was turned into a hymn by English composer Sir Henry Walford Davies in the early 1900s.
Which way do you face when you pray to God?
Christians, unlike other religions, do not pray in a specific direction; because God is omnipresent, they can pray in any direction. While Christians do not pray in a physical direction, they do pray in a spiritual direction.
Who wrote God be in my head and in my understanding?
God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at my end, and at my departing; God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be
What is the best prayer to God?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
How do I hear God’s voice?
How do you go about practicing listening prayer?
- Bring your request for guidance to God.
- Wait in silence for 10-12 minutes for God to speak to you.
- Write down any Scripture, songs, impressions, or pictures God gives you.
- Share how God spoke to you with your prayer partners and follow God’s will.
When was God Be In My Head written?
This short hymn was written in French in the late 15th century and first appeared in English in a Book of Hours (a collection of monastic prayers and services for people who wanted to follow a monastic prayer pattern).
What is a Sarum prayer?
The Latin liturgical rite developed at Salisbury Cathedral and used from the late eleventh century until the English Reformation is known as the Use of Sarum (or Use of Salisbury, also known as the Sarum Rite). It is largely identical to the Roman rite, with about ten percent of its material drawn from other sources.
Is there a right or wrong way to pray?
Yes, there is a right and wrong way to pray. When you pray, you pray for things that are beyond your or your abilities. You can also pray to thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon you. When it comes to things that involve other people, God sends you on a mission impossible.
Do Christians have to pray at a certain time?
Christians were to pray seven times a day, “on rising, at the lighting of the evening lamp, at bedtime, at midnight,” and “the third, sixth, and ninth hours of the day, being hours associated with Christ’s Passion,” according to Apostolic Tradition.