Guarding the Words of My Mouth

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Photo taken in Utah.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Lord, I come to You through the Name of Jesus to thank You for all the instruction You give in the Bible about the words that I use to communicate. I know the words that I speak can have a tremendous negative or positive effect on those around me. In light of what Proverbs 18:21 says, “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit,” I ask You to forgive me of the sin that at times comes from my lips. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.

Give me the wisdom and strength to be more careful with the words that I use to express myself. Teach me to use the power of words wisely to better reflect You to the world. Show me how to “walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you should answer each one” Colossians 4:5-6. Direct me to allow Psalm 19:14a to be true in my life. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight.”

In light of the great power and impact my words may have on someone, I ask just like David did that You would “set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lipsPsalm 141:3. 

Thank you that I can bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.