I am currently reading three books by Stormie Omartian simultaneously: The Power of a Praying Woman, The Power of a Praying Life and the Power of a Praying Parent. I don't typically read three things at once but her books lend themselves to this as you can find parts of your life that you need to cover in prayer at a particular moment and skip ahead or move back to that particular chapter.
Yesterday I was reading a chapter in The Power of a Praying Woman and the author wrote: "We will give account of every idle word in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36). That sentence jumped off the page and slapped me in the face. I even wrote "YIKES" in the margin.
I am quite certain that in the last 41 years I have spoke many idle words. But what exactly is idle in this particular translation of the Bible? Maybe there was away out of this judgement. Maybe I haven't spoken idle words. What exactly does idle mean? So I checked other versions of the Bible and this is what other translations listed in place of idle:
Once again - yikes! There is no way out of it. I will be standing before God with a lifetime of careless, thoughtless, foolish, empty, useless, non-working words for which to account.
At the end of each chapter, the author has written a beautiful scripture based prayer. I will be adding this one to the long list of things I am currently asking God for help with!