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Prayer for the Week September 23 – Blessing Your Words

September 23, 2013


As parents we can say the dumbest things!  Words we don’t mean that come flying from our mouths before we’ve even had time to think.  Sometimes these words are spoken in anger and frustration, sometimes out of fear, but always hurtful.  As a mom I’m embarrassed by some of the things I have said to my children.

Many years ago, I began to really seek the Lord about my undisciplined tongue.  Praying, pleading with Him to help me overcome a spirit of anger and frustration that kept me from being the mom I wanted to be to my two daughters.  I had always heard how life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) and I was not speaking life to my girls.  It broke my heart.

Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.  (Prov 18:21, MSG)

I desperately needed God’s help.  My heart wanted to speak life and yet my mouth would not be obedient.  So I prayed.  I failed to get better.  I prayed.  I failed again.  I prayed.  I kept on praying until I finally saw a victory.  God really began to work, reminding me in that still-small-voice to stop talking before I stepped over the line and into something hurtful.  Over time I slowly got better.  I am not perfect and this side of Heaven I won’t ever be perfect, but God is helping me gain ground.  I am taking back this land from the enemy.

Just this morning I was reading a lovely little book by Macrina Wiederkehr, Seven Sacred Pauses.  I was reminded again of my personal journey toward giving life with my words.  I want to share her thoughts and prayer with you, because I know I am not alone on this journey.

Gently lay your hands upon your lips, longing for the grace to speak only words that are helpful this day.  Remember the words that you have already spoken.  You cannot take them back.  Bless them and let them go.

O Word Made Flesh, stand guard at the gate of my mouth.  Be my voice this day that the words I speak will be healing, affirming, true, and gentle.  Give me wisdom to think before I speak.  Bless the words in me that are waiting to be spoken.  Live and abide in my words so that others will feel safe in my presence.  Surprise me with words that have come from you.  Oh, place my words in the kiln of your heart that they may be enduring and strong, tempered and seasoned with love and resilience.  Give me a well-trained tongue that has been borne out of silent listening in the sanctuary of my heart.  May my words become love in the lives of others.
(Seven Sacred Pauses, Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day by Macrina Wiederkehr, 2008 Sorin Books)

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