Day 22 - Praying over the Words we Speak



Dear Jesus,

We ask that the words that we speak be pleasing unto You.  May they be a reflection of hearts that are like You.  Just as the good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, may our speech bring forth good because of hearts that are like You.  Out of the overflow of our hearts may our mouths speak.  (Luke 6:43-45)  

Teach us to keep a tight reign on our tongues so that our profession as Christians would not become worthless.  (James 1:26)  May we know that all men will have to give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.  For by our words we'll be acquitted, and by our words we'll be condemned.  (Matthew 12:36,37)  

May we not be people who gossip.  May we avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.  (2 Timothy 2:16)   Help us to guard our mouths to keep ourselves from calamity.  (Proverbs 21:23)  Help us to not be big talkers, because when words are many, sin is not absent.  (Proverbs 10:19)  Help us to not even allow gossip to penetrate our being.  If the choice morsels of gossip are not in us, we can not be a part of spreading them.  Just like without wood a fire goes out; so does a quarrel without gossip.  (Proverbs 26:20-22)

May we not be people who tell lies.  You Lord detest lying lips, but delight in men who are truthful.  (Proverbs 12:19-22)  May we not fool ourselves into thinking You do not see us when we lie, for You see all things; and a lying tongue is what You consider to be one of the seven deadly sins.  (Proverbs 6:16-19)  May we know that a false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.  (Proverbs 19:9)  

May we not be people who argue with one another.  Instead, may we be kind to everyone.  (2 Timothy 2:23,24)  Help us to give gentle answers that turn away wrath.  (Proverbs 15:1)  Keep a watch over us so we do not slander one another.  (James 4:11)  May we be cautious how we use our tongues, aware of the truth that with the tongue we both praise You and curse men who have been made in Your likeness.  We ask Your forgiveness knowing this should not be.  (James 3:9-12

© margaret young