To God be the Glory! We're on day 19 of 21 Days of Prayer. Picture this ~ That moment when you say something, and immediately, you are horrified by the words that just came out of your mouth! You said it, but you didn’t mean it that way. Now embarrassed and trying to keep your composure, you nervously say something to recover, but realize, it's just too late!! Ever been there? Well, we have all been there and for that reason, we need to practice Proverbs 21:23. It says, "Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles." In other words, when we make it a practice of keeping or "watching our mouth", we will save ourselves a great deal of grief. The underlying message is rooted in the fact that the mouth requires special attention. James 3:8-9 explains this when it says, "But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God." That's right! The Bible says our tongues are unruly. I'll ask you again ~ ever been there? That's scary, because we also know that words have creative ability. Don't forget that God SPOKE the world into existence and we are made in His image. A little earlier in James 3:6, it is pointed out that even though the tongue is a small member of the body, it has the ability to "...set on fire the course of nature." And that's why we can all relate to THAT MOMENT described in the opening of today's post.
Let's pray! Heavenly Father, Help me to watch my mouth! Today, I make Psalm 141:3 my prayer: "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips." Fill my tongue with your words; and keep me from saying things that displease You. When I open my mouth, make me careful about what I say to others and about others. Make me aware of how I speak about myself. Don't let me abort my own dreams by speaking death into my own life. Train me to intentionally speak life into dark situations. Help me to watch my mouth! Help me to create success by my words. To speak life to the sick; to speak provision to the poor; to speak sight to the blind; and to speak healing-joy to the broken-hearted. I refuse to allow filthy communication to proceed from my mouth. Instead, my words will be good and edify, exhort and comfort those who listen. Beginning today, I will frame my world by the words I speak; and the words I speak, is the Word of God! Thank you Lord, for helping me to watch my mouth! In Jesus's name, Amen!
~Inspiring Hope, Seasoning Faith, Pastor Sean
Dr. Regina M. Daigre, Prayer Firewall Blog Founder | Editorial Director