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   Below is the 2nd part of a prayer I once shared previously. This time I include sources and comments for what I include. It’s stuff I think about as I regularly talk to God. I’ve used it many times and revised it several times.

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   (9)   May my eyes open

 only to what  I should see;

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   (10)   May my ears open

   only to what I should hear;

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   (11)   May my lips open

   only to what I should say,

   to what I should eat and drink.

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   (12)   May I dwell upon what is true,

 pure, right, holy,

 and proper.

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   First, here are Bible verses that support each segment:  (9)  Jn. 4:35b,  II Cor 4:18,  I Sam. 16:7b;  (10) Jn. 8:47, Rom. 10:17, Mt. 11:15, II Tim. 4:3-4;  (11) Eph. 4:29, Psa. 51:15, Jas. 3:1-12, Dt. 23:23, I Cor 10:31, I Cor. 6:19, I Cor. 3:16-17; (12) Phil. 4:8.

   Note in these four segments the positive tone. These are “do’s” not “don’ts.” It’s not that “don’ts” are not appropriate, but the focus–here–is not on that. Fleeing, and avoiding, evil certainly matters, but sometimes in our desire to do this we wall ourselves off from information that is useful to be aware of in order to interact with people around us. For example, I believe that the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” despite its presenting the horrors of warfare, can acquaint us with what war actually is. Knowing that can help us better interact with those who have experienced war, and the thinking that has to go into conducting war at all, or valuing true peace where there is no war.

   Not addressed here, but implied, is avoiding negative adventures in types of entertainment and behavior such as pornography that are destructive and have no redemptive value.

   We need to use our eyes, ears, and mouth positively to be effective members of society–and well as Christians. Further, our basic posture of being positive is beautifully summarized in Phil. 4:8 which is reflected in (12) above.

   Segment (11) also concerns being positive about what we eat and drink for good health.