Prayer for the Week Jan 19 – Speak Life

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Words matter.

The Bible teaches;

  • Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:28)
  • Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. (Proverbs 13:3)
  • Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. (Proverbs 21:23)
  • Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble. (Proverbs 12:13)
  • Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. (Isaiah 3:10)
  • For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. (Mathew 12:37)

Do you ever feel like your mouth is your greatest enemy?  I sure do.

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This weekend was one of those lovely moments when all the words seem just right.  Over the weekend Daja hosted a bar mitzvah for her eldest son, Israel.  It was a beautiful evening of welcoming Israel into adulthood.  As in Jewish tradition, we believe this was the moment Israel became a son of covenant.  A would-be intimidating moment where a child steps from the safe faith covering of his parents out into the open seeking his own personal covering with his heavenly father.  But this moment was filled with love.  Israel was encouraged to take his place, a place of equality as a man, alongside his earthly father, his uncles, his mentors, and his teachers.

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Now Daja and I have already hosted bat mitzvahs for our two oldest daughters, so this wasn’t our first rodeo and yet this one moved me profoundly.  In the two previous, we had asked people to bless our daughters with gifts for their hope chests and words of encouragement to carry them into adulthood, but for Israel, Daja requested that we come with a prophetic gift and word, and be prepared to present it to Israel in the company of family and friends.  You see, words are not just words they have meaning and they have purpose.  If spoken correctly, faithfully, they are filled with God’s promises.  What I saw unfold was the very essence of how God sees this young man.

What you have to understand is that we each had independently sought the Lord for a word and gift for Israel and God was faithful to answer each one of us.  Our heavenly father had something he wanted to say through us, something very personal.  It’s not often that a group of people get to individually (or at least by family) say what they hear the Lord speaking.  What happened was that a big puzzle full of different shaped pieces came together in a beautiful picture of promise.

The words spoken over Israel were Life in its fullest meaning.  I believe Israel will remember his bar mitzvah as the moment he heard God’s voice declaring his destiny.  A moment as powerful as Moses’ burning bush experience or Jacob’s vision of a ladder.  This will be a moment that carries Israel through life and some of its deepest darkest valleys.

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Moms and dads we have the opportunity to speak life every day to our children.  I know it’s hard sometimes when we as parents are tired or discouraged but let’s not let that stop us.  Our heavenly father loves us and our children all the time.  Nothing can separate us from His love.  He is constantly speaking and if we pause and listen He will give us words of life to speak over the ones we love the most!  This week ask Him to give you ears to hear and then be faithful to speak them in truth.

 


  1. Georgina - January 20, 2015

    God bless Israel Gombojav…chosen and set apart.

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