Matthew 15:11 “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a person.”
Jesus, I draw close to you now. This moment of prayer: fellowship. My thouhts and words: a conversation. Let the things You spoke in scripture come to mind when needed, as part of You speaking with me. And may the Spirit even use the Bible to speak for my soul.
After all my years of life, teach me anew to speak well. Give me more patience and grace for those near me when their words are unkind, or rude, or lengthy and bothersome. Open my heart, Master, to understanding what someone else is feeling and needing, not just what they are speaking. And, by Your grace, help me be more interested in understanding than in being understood. Amen.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.
Prayer for Kind Speaking
by Jan Phillips, 2016
Be my speaking, You, the Word
that tells no bitter lie,
shape my lips in such a way
that only You get by.
Take away my anger,
cast out all my need to blame,
let my words be comforting,
a balm to someone’s pain.
Let me not forget the power
of words to soothe the soul,
let my stories be a fire
to lost ones in the cold.
Be my words, come flood my mind
come drench my every cell,
till the thoughts beneath my words
rise up form You as well.
Job 2:10 In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
“Lord, speak to me that I may speak / in living echoes of Thy tone.” I worship You with words and thoughts now, for You are not a silent Deity, an impersonal Power, or an incomprehensible Idea. You are the living God, and You speak to and through Your world! Hallelujah.
Indeed, Master, help me speak well today. Teach me by helping me listen to things I have just said, and learn the lesson I need to learn. Train my focus upon the person I speak to, instead of trying to get my own attention and esteem with every word. And, great Hearer of Prayer, lead me all the more to listen well to everyone who speaks, in all the ways they do. Give me patience, concentration, and care. Let my listening ear be loving. In the name of Jesus. Amen.