Biblically-based Prayer for the Tongue, Speech and Words
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
Lord God, I commit my whole life to You. I present my entire body including my tongue as an instrument to be used by You. There is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. May everything I speak this day bring glory and honor to You.
The Heart Connection
Unless my heart is clean, O Lord, my words cannot be clean for You have taught that those things which proceed out of the mouth originate in the heart and are able to defile us. Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Help me to keep my heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life. Thank You for pouring out Your love in my heart by the Holy Spirit. Fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer.
We all stumble in many ways, Lord, especially with our words. I would be lying if I denied my sins to You. Instead I stand accountable before You for every idle word I have spoken and will be justified or condemned by my very words. Forgive me Lord for any corrupt word that has proceeded out of my mouth and has grieved the Holy Spirit. I thank you that as I confess my sins before You, You will be faithful to forgive me my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Thank you that you do not condemn me because I belong to Christ Jesus.
I bless You Lord, with all my soul, let all that is within me bless Your holy name! It is good to sing praises to You God; for is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. Put a new song in my mouth, O God. As I go about my day, keep me singing and making melody in my heart to You, O Lord. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Let my mouth be used for blessing You this day and not for cursing others. Keep me pure from sin.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. For in the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. Give me the knowledge to spare my words and to be of a calm spirit for even a fool is considered wise to keep his peace and perceptive to restrain his lips. Make me quick to listen to others without interruption and slow to give advice for it is folly and shame to answer a matter before fully hearing it.
Use my words to edify others and impart grace to those who hear me. Give me words to speak in due season and let my answer bring joy to my heart. Let the power of my words bring life and not death, blessing and not cursing. Give me boldness to speak the truth of your righteousness, and tenderness to do so in love. Make me unashamed to speak the name of Jesus and to share the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation. Empower me by Your Holy Spirit to be your witness. Give me an ear to hear what Your Spirit would have me speak.
I thank You that You have provided Your Word to meditate on that we may prosper and succeed in all we do. When I don’t know what to say, send Your word to bring light and understanding. Instruct and guide my speech according to Your Word, and let me not turn aside to the left or to the right. Keep my heart tender to You Lord, that I may hear your voice this day and follow You closely.
I thank You, Father God, for the gift of language and of words. Yet I know that if I could speak all the languages of the world, but have not love I would be nothing. Help me to make all my communication whether verbal or written with love. Help me to avoid gossip, boasting, strife, backbiting, sarcasm, criticism, lying, foolishness, ungodly humor, vain speech, hatred, pride, rudeness and any other evil in my communication. Use my words to provide hope, grace, encouragement, joy, compassion, truth, kindness, faith, goodness, tenderness and most of all love. Use me as a vessel of Your love and may my words honor You.
Below are all the scriptural references used in the above prayer.
“So you shall not turn aside from any of my words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” Deuteronomy 28:14
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8
“He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear And will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.” Psalm 63:3
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1
“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130
“For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.” Psalm 139:4
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.” Psalm 147:1
“Keep Your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19
“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!” Proverbs 15:23
“He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.” Proverbs 18:13
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
“Who can say, ‘I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin’"? Proverbs 20:9
“He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.” Proverbs 17:27
“Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” Proverbs 17:28
“The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1
“But I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.” Matthew 15:18
“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:12
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans 1:16
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has given to us.” Romans 5:5
“And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” Romans 6:13
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
“I beseech You therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that You present Your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is Your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
“Today, if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;” James 1:19
“With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.” James 3:9
“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” James 3:2
“but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ.” Ephesians 4:15
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of Your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
“And do not be drunk with win, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18
“speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in Your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19
“Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. “ 1 John 1:9
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:10