Lord God, I pray that you will help me to understand when to remain silent and when to speak. I pray that I will, as Elihu did, show proper respect for those who are older and more experienced than I, and wait for their words and listen to their counsel. And yet, Lord, there may be times when your Spirit, the breath of the Almighty, gives me understanding that my elders do not have. You teach us here that it is not the old who are wise or the aged who understand what is right, but those who receive understanding from your Spirit. There may be times that I too burn with anger as Elihu did as I see friends offer poor counsel to others, or because of friends who justify themselves rather than you. Grant me the self-control and self-restraint not to speak my share too soon. Grant me the discernment to know when the time is right for me to speak. There will be times when I must speak in order to find relief because I have become full of words, and sense my spirit within me constraining me. When I do speak, I pray that by your grace I will not show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person. I know that if I do you will soon remove my opportunity to offer counsel. I pray that when I speak, my words will come from an upright heart and that I will speak in sincerity only what I know to be true. May your Spirit, the Spirit that has made me and given me life, speak through me. I pray that I may speak with such grace that no one will fear me and that my hand will not be heavy on anyone. As I think of my own suffering, I embrace the counsel of Elihu. I confess that you are greater than man. Protect me from speaking against you in ways that are not right or contending against you. I know that you speak in many ways - now one way, now another - and I often do not perceive it. Grant me discernment to recognize when you are speaking to me as I slumber in my bed. May I understand when you are speaking in my ears at night to turn me from wrongdoing and keep me from pride and preserve my life. I also accept the truth that you may rebuke me through pain and speak to me with constant distress in my body. I pray to you, Lord Jesus, in those times of distress, that you would be for me a mediator, that one out of a thousand, who will tell me what is right for me. I ask you to be gracious to me and to intercede with the Father that he may deliver me from going down into the pit. I believe that you gave your life as a ransom for me. In you may my flesh be renewed as in the days of my youth. I pray that I will find favor with you, Father, when I pray to you. May I see your face and shout for joy. Please restore me to my righteous state. Remind me of those times when I sinned and perverted what was right but was not repaid with what I deserved. I believe, Father, that all the things you do to a man - to me - you do to turn my soul back from the pit that the light of your life may shine on me. I pray that I will learn to be silent before you and learn wisdom from you. This I pray in Jesus' name, amen.