Words, and thoughts very often fascinate me. Our mind is like a blank sheet of paper at birth and as we grow we learn. Much of our learning are from information taught to us or conveyed to us with words. And so we think and we form our ideas with words. Now when it comes to prayer, it started as a thought and whether audibly or silently we expressed our prayer in words. Where does the power that make things happen in prayer comes from? The thoughts? The words we speak? Spoken words are nothing but vibration sent to the air with our vocal chords. Once the energy subsided as it travels out the sound vanishes. Where lies then the power of the word. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth with His spoken words. Ah, now I see. The word of God is power. The power of our word and so our prayer is contingent upon God. It is God who brings it to pass. It is God who changes things in answer to our prayer.
Therefore, whether in praying or just talking, we must be careful of every word we say. For the words that we say reveal who we are and what is in our heart.
- Luke 6 : 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
I stumble very often in criticising others, in my mind and in my words. Recalling the encounter of the Pharisees with Jesus, the Pharisees says that Jesus drove out demon by Beelzebub. It is in that occasion that Jesus taugh us to be careful of what we say.
- Matthew 12: 36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Jesus also warned us not to judge. We will be held accountable for every judgment we pronounce in criticism of others. With the same measure we used, it will be measured to us.
- Mathew 7: 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Therefore let us think thrice before we say once.
- Colossians 4:6 6Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.