Speak Up

We know that Father God knows the thoughts and intent of our hearts, but He has given us a written prayer to pray (Matthew 6:9) and we know that there is power & life in the words that we speak.  Therefore, I think that maybe I should be speaking my prayers aloud more often.  Jesus sent His Word and healed, delivered, taught and encouraged.  We know that “faith comes from hearing” the Word; why not, “faith comes from hearing the Words of faith in our praying,” either alone or with others.  Sometimes, when I am praying aloud, I hear not only what I was intending to speak, but sometimes I am led to speak things that I believe the Holy Spirit gives me to pray.  Even when I pray in my heavenly language, I am blessed and encouraged when I hear what I am speaking (1 Corinthians 14:4).  It’s precious that Father God gives us a secret, “online” way to talk to Him.   Hearing the unfamiliar words and knowing that my Lord and my God is blessed and enjoys hearing from me is more than worth the time and effort it takes to speak.

Lately when people request prayer, I am learning to stop and take the time to pray on the spot. So often if I wait I will forget, or the person is not present to receive a blessing.  I find that we speak a lot but maybe we need to be bold and pray aloud with each other more.  You never know when the Lord will give us something from His heart to bless and encourage both participants.

The Word tells us that the power of life and death is in the spoken word ( Proverbs 18:21).  I am working on remembering the gift (responsibility) that I have been given.  Lord, help us to use this gift to bless as well as communicate with each other (Ephesians 5:19), “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

I think the enemy would love to keep us quiet and feeling intimidated about speaking “out loud” the thought and words of the Bible in conversation or prayer.   Therefore, I think we should prove him the liar that he is and be bold and proud of our heritage in Christ. “The word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it” (Deuteronomy 30:14). “The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and heart, that is, the word of faith which we preach,” Romans 10:8. Let’s SPEAK UP

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