Jesus Christ said that whosoever has faith in God, will see their words come to pass. I love the part that says ‘whosoever’ because it means that we can all enjoy that manifestation of the Power of God if we just believe it and confess it with our mouth. This is why Jesus asked us to pray in faith in order to receive what we ask for1. So then prayer is a matter of faith and of learning to speak right, because in order to receive one must first believe and declare it.
However, if we don’t know how to speak right and how to express ourselves with our words, it’ll be all the more difficult to pray correctly because our desire is for Him to hear us. He desires to have an intimate relationship with us, but it’s only when we take that first step and speak to Him. Or is it possible to have a good relationship with someone who doesn’t want to speak with you -Of course not. Sure it’s true that God knows our thoughts, but when we seek Him and speak with Him, it demonstrates our desire to want to relate with Him. So if you want to pray, strengthen your faith and learn to express yourself correctly.
Sometimes we believe that praying is just about coming before God and pouring out our soul. We believe that crying is sufficient to get what we need, however it’s one thing to unburden yourself and another to confess and believe His Word with total assurance in your heart. You must open your heart and eyes up to understand that prayer is much more than just seeking after God in the midst of a difficult situation. Crying before God isn’t what gets us our breakthrough, but it’s the faith that we declare, founded on the knowledge of His Word that sustains us and allows us to trustingly advance even in the midst of pain and problems. God always answers our confession of faith and not our griping or complaining. The Bible says that through faith men and women obtained a good testimony. We must believe in God wholeheartedly and express it with our words and deeds, in order to be pleasing unto Him.
The Bible says that a tree is known by its fruit, in other words, the good or bad that we say or do will become our life testimony. In the original language, bad means: corrupt from the root, rotted, spoiled, unworthy and unfit. The word good in the original language means: distinguished, correct, pleasant, and good-natured. Therefore we must say and do that which is correct and useful to be tagged as a tree that bears good fruit 2.
Remember that the ninth commandment has to do with our words because it commands us to keep from defaming our neighbor. We see here that God not only asks us to speak that which is good, but He also condemns those that use their mouth to lie against their brethren. Don’t criticize others! If you don’t have anything good to say, than just keep your mouth shut, because every word you say will be judged, not just by man but by God. People that are effective at prayer are also effective at speaking. Because by knowing how to communicate well with others, they can also communicate intimately with God!
Of course we must also cast away all lies and exaggerations3! Overstating events is also the same as lying and it carries its own consequences. Believe me, it’s easier to be holy and not lie than to have to recall every false thing you say to keep from contradicting yourself. Sometimes the lies people say become their undoing. Remember Ananias and Sapphira, who lied to the Holy Spirit concerning an offering and died that very instant; that’s how bad altering the truth is before God. The Bible says that the devil is the Father of lies and Jesus says that the truth shall set us free. Whose child do you want to be, the devil’s or God’s? Of course God’s, so we must use our mouths to speak the truth and confess that which is good and holy at all times.
Edify and extend grace to others through your words. Express words that will help those around you grow spiritually and make the Holy Spirit happy4! Obscenities shouldn’t form part of the language of a child of God! Depart from those corrupt words, since it’s impossible to bless God and curse your brethren with the same mouth. Correct your manner of speaking because it’s one of the greatest testimonies you can offer, as well as the best tool to communicate with God, through prayer.
We’re all going to be victims of offenses in life and we’re bound to offend others as well both willingly and unknowingly, especially with our words. Our tongue is a very small organ but with a vast amount of power. It needs to be controlled and used for blessing others. Keep your tongue from contaminating yourself or others around you5. Many times it’s not the message that offends but the words that are used in it. So be careful with what you say and how you say it. Jesus Christ said that by our words we would either be justified or condemned. Embrace that justification and avoid condemnation by choosing the right words at all times. Satan needs your words to hurt others and God also needs them to bless them. Whom will you surrender your speech to? Surrender your words to God’s Holy will. Confess to Him, “Father, I declare that my words will align to yours. I will only speak that which is righteous and just. I shall speak words of faith for those things I believe that I will have.” Receive it now from your Lord and Savior to renew your life, your thoughts and your words, Amen!
1 Mark 11:21-24 says, “And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
2 Matthew 12:33-37 says, “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
3 Ephesians 4:25 says, “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another.”
4 Ephesians 4:29-30 says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
5 James 3:2-12 says, “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.”