“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Watch Your Mouth!
“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD;
keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Psalm 141:3 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about our mouth. As I sat with God to determine a topic for the prayer guide for Mother’s Day week, this “mom phrase” came to mind — “Watch Your Mouth!” Since it’s not just a “mom phrase” but was first wise instruction from God, we will spend the week praying about how we use the words which come from our mouth. God wants to be the guard over our mouth, not just to filter the words we use but to also be the filter to the manner in which we speak. The words that we use, the manner in which we use them, and even the words that we don’t use can be very helpful or very hurtful to others. As you pray this week, ask God to give you the self-control and courage necessary to live with a guarded mouth. Pray that you would seek God’s help in determining the words you use and the way you use them. Pray for the wisdom to not only know when and what to speak, but to also know when to be silent and listen. Pray that the way you use your mouth would always be a reflection of Christ that welcomes others to Him. Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
Please pray each day for God to help you guard your words.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church. Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Use Words That Please God. Pray that God would help you see how your thoughts influence the words you use. Pray that both your thoughts and words would always be pleasing to God. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NIV)
Tuesday: Use Words That Are Wise and Just. Pray that the righteousness you have in Christ would produce words that contain godly wisdom. Pray that you would use words which are right and just. “The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.” Psalm 37:30 (NIV)
Wednesday: Use Words of Praise. Pray that you would use your mouth to declare praise of God. Pray that you mouth would be opened by God to declare His praise at every opportunity. Pray that your words would make known the worthiness of God to receive all praise. “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.” Psalm 51:15 (NIV)
Thursday: Use Words of Prayer. Ask God to help you use words of prayer when you open your mouth to talk about others. Pray that you words of prayer would be heard by God as you express them day and night. Ask God to help you have a heart that desires to spend time in communication with Him. “Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.” Psalm 54:2 (NIV)
Friday: Use Words of Salvation. Pray that the salvation you have in Christ would be made known by the words you use. Pray that you would continually talk about the righteousness and salvation of God even when you only know of them in part. “My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.” Psalm 71:15 (NIV)
Saturday: Use Words That Are True. Pray that you would always evaluate your words for truth and only speak what is both true and helpful. Pray that your disdain for wickedness would apply not just to others, but also to the words you use. Pray that a desire for righteousness would guard your mouth from speaking things which are false. “My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.” Proverbs 8:7 (NIV)