Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use. Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away? Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance? Over the next 17 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.
Here is day fifteen with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are prayerful.
Choose Prayerful Words
“And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other.”
1 Kings 8:59-60 (NIV)
How would you describe your prayer life? Are you an act first, pray later person? A pray first and act accordingly person? Or is prayer something that seems impossible for you to figure out? What is your first thought or reaction when you hear the verse, “Pray without ceasing.”? Do you think your life would be different if you gave thought to choosing prayerful words in all circumstances? How have the prayerful words of someone else been an influence in your life?
As one who has an unhealthy fear of people, God has always been the one I could talk with about anything. But even having that comfort level when it comes to prayer, I must admit that I don’t use prayerful words with others as often as I should. To use prayerful words more often, we must be deliberate in our listening to God and hearing what people are actually saying. As you pray, thank God for always listening when you go to Him. Pray that He would help you remember to seek Him for prayerful words to use in your conversations with others. Pray that the people around you would value the wisdom that comes from prayerful words.