The words which we use implicate us regarding the very core of our heart and nature. Much can be discerned about the quality of our character from what comes out of our mouth. Our ability to communicate effectively depends upon the use of appropriate words for each situation in our life. Matthew 15:18 records the words of Jesus, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person” (ESV). Words are what comes out of your mouth. Do they defile or uplift and express love and encouragement?
A lot is revealed by what you say when you pray. Your words reveal your level of faith and belief. Begging is an expression of focus towards lack. It speaks of uncertainty about your trust that your Heavenly Dad will hear and answer. Perhaps it speaks to your skepticism about just how much God loves and cares for you.
Expressions of gratitude and thankfulness provide a foundation upon which more reasons for thankfulness and gratitude may be provided. It is also an acknowledgment of your trust and dependance upon the One to whom you come in love.
Ongoing repetition of words may signify a lack of focus on the issue of relationship communication with God, or a ritualistic mindset to prayer. The words we use also reflect our understanding of who God is and the relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (NIV). Our access to God is through His Son. Hebrews 3:1 declares, “Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess” (NIV). An apostle is one who is sent forth on a mission to something on behalf of the sender. Jesus is your representative to His Heavenly Dad when you pray.
John 14:13 records Jesus’ words, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father (NIV). Jesus will only present your requests to His Heavenly Dad when they are in alignment with the Word of God and His will. This is what brings glory to His name.
I recently watched the movie “Storm Rider” in which Kevin Sorbo played the part of an uncle who took in and cared for his brother’s two children. The uncle, while a great vet, lacked in personal people skills when it came to being able to communicate well with those closest to him. Later in the movie he comes to the realization, just how adept he was at being able to “put his foot in his mouth” when he spoke. Becoming aware of our words both before and after we speak is a valuable asset we would be wise to gain in our life. Words matter! You are responsible for the outcomes they create!