We should all have a BLT sandwich each morning. And not just any old BLT, but one with a double portion of lettuce–a B double L T. When I was young, we would often have BLT’s for dinner. This stands for Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato on a sandwich. Mom would make the bacon extra tasty and even put mayonnaise on the toasted bread. Now days, when I have a BLT, I often put a double portion of lettuce on it to make the sandwich extra crunchy.
Of course, I am not talking about having a literal BLT each morning, though that might be tasty every once in a while! I am suggesting we do a prayer BLT, with double lettuce–a B double L T. This is an acronym that helps me remember to pray through four different aspects of my character so that I may commit myself anew to glorifying God each day. The four areas to pray through are the mouth, eyes, ears, and mind.
The B stands for Boasting (or speaking). We pray that God would help us guard against pride in our conversations and that all of our speaking would honor him. A good verse to pray over this aspect of character is Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29).
The first L stand for Looking. We pray that what we look at and let come in our minds are images that are good. We pray that what we look at would be pleasing to God and wholesome for ourselves. Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22).
The second L stand for Listening. We pray that we would listen well. That we would listen to others with understanding and that we would seek to listen to God throughout the day. A good verse to pray over in this area is James 1:19, “ My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
The T stand for Thinking. We pray that we would think about things that are good and pleasing to God. That we would dwell on his word and his ways in order to take captive each thought for the glory of Christ. A good verse to pray through on this character quality is Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8).
So when you are getting ready for the day, driving to work, or walking to school, think of the BLT with double lettuce, the B double L T–a simple and quick way of remembering to pray about having character that honors God!