Lately I’ve battled more than a few urges to spout off a harsh response. Scrolling through social media, I can feel the anger pulsing deep inside. I know “a gentle word turns away wrath” and all that (Proverbs 15:1). But I wonder. Maybe if I could just pound out a few pointed words on the keyboard, the anger would subside. I could release all that frustration.
In our Christian walk, there will be times when we’re surrounded by negativity; times when we see others posting opinions online, and we sense bitterness and frustration building in our hearts like a volcano. Thankfully, in every situation God gives us the opportunity to take our concerns to Him instead of taking it out on others.
Proverbs 21:2 says, “People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.” When we pray and ask God to check our hearts, He will bring to light those things we need to release to Him. God promises to restore our joy, even in the midst of all the negativity.
Here are 10 gentle prayers to check your heart. Let these prayers be a guide as you seek more of Him today.
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