For the month of May, we will be Praying Through The Proverbs. Unlike a Bible study, we will simply pray a few key Scriptures each day. We’ll concentrate on how these verses apply to our individual lives, and ask God to reveal to us if there is anything specific we need to repent of or work on. Let’s look at Chapter 10*.
The prevailing topic in this chapter is how we speak. In 11 verses, there are 17 references to the mouth/lips/tongue or chattering/slander/words/. I’d say it’s safe to say God considers our speech a pretty big deal.
Key Verses in Chapter 10:
v.8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
v.10 …and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
v.11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
v.13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning….
v.14 …but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
v.18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
v.19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
v.20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver….
v.21 The lips of the righteous nourish many….
v.31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.
v.32 The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
Father God, I humbly enter this, my secret place, and acknowledge I am in the Presence of the One True God. Thank You for meeting me here. Forgive me so I can stand in Your Presence clean and holy.
I know that “no man can tame the tongue,” (James 3:8) so I ask You to “set a guard over my mouth, O LORD” (Ps 141:3). Fill my heart with Your good and holy words, for it is “out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).
Forgive me for all the horrible things I have said in the past, and starting today, make me more aware of every word I say! Help my speech to be seasoned with Your grace and love; not my own anger or judgment….for I know I will stand accountable before You one day “for every careless word” I have spoken (Matt 12:36).
Let no unwholesome talk come out of my mouth; “only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs” (Eph 4:29). Your Word tells us clearly: “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless” (James 1:26; emphasis mine). Don’t let me destroy my testimony for You with careless talk.
I pray these things in the powerful Name of Jesus….