Week One: PRAYER

Written by: Monique Pye

Heavenly Father,

We come before you and we thank you for the opportunity to be able to come together and study this book as it teaches us your truth about how to use our words.

We know that the power of the tongue can be death and life (Proverbs 18:21), so Lord, we ask you to help us each day to use our words well and wisely! Words are powerful and they have consequences, so I pray that we are not quick to speak. Help us Lord, to take a moment before we open our mouths and to reflect on what we are about to say. We know that “it only takes a spark to get a fire going”.

Your word tells us in Luke 6:45 that the mouth speaks what the heart is full. Our words are intentional and come from the heart, so Lord I ask that you would give us wisdom and help us use our words in a way that will encourage others and please you. From our hearts, to our lips, may it bring you glory. Remind us that every word spoken has an impact and that we need to learn to speak in love, truth, and may it honor you. Be at work in our hearts as we continue to work through this book and learn all about what the bible teaches us on how to speak to one another.

I’m reminded of your word in Philippians 2, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Lord, may every word that comes out of our mouths please you! In our homes, at work, at school, at church, wherever we are, in every situation we want to honor you. May our words be a “sweet sound in your ear”.

As your word says in Psalm 86, “You Lord are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Let that be an example to us of how we are to act and respond to others. Let our conversation always be full of grace (Colossians 4:6) and may we lavish love through our speech. Help us to mirror you in the way we communicate with others. May we be an example of your love and may all that comes from our mouth be laced with grace.

As we continue through this book, open our hearts to receive all that you have in store for us.

I ask all these things in your Mighty Name,