Oh, most holy God,
we confess today how difficult it is to tame our tongues.
We lay before you…
words that we wish we could unspeak,
silence kept when it would have been better to speak,
our double speak and inconsistency,
all the talk behind backs,
all the chatter that tears down,
every confidence broken,
every wound that words have inflicted.
We pray that you would bridle our tongues…
help us to think before we speak,
guide us to use our words to build up rather than to tear down,
help our tongues to lead us to maturity in faithfulness.
Here now our silent prayers of confession…