Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation.”
Our Bible verse for today: “Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:12 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God will give you the words.”
This morning I want to return to our subject from yesterday of praying before you speak. If you ask Him to, God will give you the words He wants you to speak. In Exodus 4:12 we find an Old Testament example of a man who was unsure of himself when it came to speaking. So God reassured Moses that when the time came, He would give him the words.
Jesus picked up on this theme in Matthew 10:19 and Luke 12:12. There He told His disciples not to worry about whether or not they would know what to say when it came time to speak for Him, because the Holy Spirit would give them the words. James also hints at this when he writes in James 1:5 that if any of us lacks wisdom we should ask God for it and it will be given to us.
All of this suggests a prayerful attitude on the part of the individual. This is about people who want their words to honor God and to bless others, and who are therefore seeking the right words from God.
As has been noted in a previous devotional this month, when a person is prayerful and thoughtful about what they are going to say, and when they have taken the time to be sure of their facts, that person can then approach the conversation with a quiet sense of confidence. When you know what you believe and why you believe it, and you understand the other person’s position as well, you are prepared to speak calmly and rationally.
It’s when a person has a weak position that they will be unsure of themselves, and they will then have a tendency to get defensive and emotional. That’s also when a person is most likely to use poor logic, superficial clichés, and overheated language. Praying about it first can help to prevent this from happening.
If you pray before you speak God will give you the words He wants you to say, words that will honor Him and bless others.