Our Mouths

Set a watch, O Lord, before our mouths, and keep the door of our lips (see Psalms 141:3). We pray we will long for Your Words, dear Father, so that we may know what to say to all these weary ones (see Isaiah 50:4). Thank You for granting us boldness in sharing (see Acts 4:29); help us to make known the mystery of the Gospel (see Ephesians 6:19). May we use the many opportunities You give us to share the Good News of Christ; help us tell it freely, fully and plainly, never veering from the truth. We pray that we will allow You to grant us conversation that is gracious and sensible, so that we will have the right answer for ourselves and for others (see Col 4:3-6). In all that we do and say, may we desire to represent the Lord Jesus (see Colossians 3:17).

May we call on Your power, Lord, so that we may refrain from complaining and arguing (see Philippians 2:14, 15). Remind us not to use bad language, but to say only what is good and helpful to those we are talking to, to say what will bring a blessing (see Ephesians 4:29). Dirty stories, foul talk, and course jesting are not for us (see Ephesians 5:4).

We pray that we will talk to each other much about You, Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing songs, making music together in our hearts to You (see Ephesians 5:19).

May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our rock and our Redeemer (see Psalms 19:4).

Lord, we claim Your promise to give us a clear and pure speech from purified lips so that all of us in our family may call upon Your name, Lord, to serve You shoulder to shoulder (see Zephaniah 3:9).

  • Jay Hartwell says:

    Called. Sent. Qualified. Do you know that we are qualified – past tense qualified. To me, that’s a powerful word. I’ve been meditating on a verse lately in Colossians that has encouraged me and fits well with todays devotion.

    We all have been through some sort of qualification. Whether it be through a job, a sport or some kind of test that made us “qualified.” We may have even received a certificate, proof that shows that we are qualified in this area. Some qualifications are simply – it doesn’t take much to prove your height to qualify for a certain activity, however to qualify for the World Championship Ironman Triathlon you typically have had to perform well in a previous triathlon of 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run or 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run. I get tired just reading that distance.

    What does it mean to be Spiritually qualified? In our own flesh we are “disqualified.” Though in Christ, we have been qualified. In Colossians 1:10-12 Paul and Timothy are speaking to faithful brothers and sister in Christ and speaks boldly to them of their qualification in Christ. “…and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”. Col. 1:12. We are made sufficient for the task before us because He empowers us. We are accepted by Christ alone; no entity in the universe has better qualifications than our Lord Jesus Christ! May our words be His words!

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