Prayer: Words Fitly Spoken, Part 2

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Prayers are words fitly spoken. Prayers are words which can have dramatic, transformational influence. Influence upon those who listen as well as to the Holy One who the prayer is requested of and who divinely acts.

Prayers come in all styles, shapes and sizes. Prayers of intercession. Prayers for protection. Prayers for change. Prayers for rescue.

Prayers of deep gratitude. Prayers are fitly spoken words to a God most fit to grant merciful favor.

God is good. God hears our prayers, and God acts.

I recently had a ride-a-long with Patrol Officer “Dan”.  Officer Dan is a second career civil servant. Officer Dan is a quiet grandfather, as well as the consummate professional police officer. I generally silently pray to myself for protection and influence. Then I patiently wait for a divine moment to strike up spiritual conversations with officers. That night I prayed but an opportunity did not arise.

But the Holy Spirit was there in the patrol car with us. God was there while Officer Dan attended to traffic stops and domestic violence calls. God worked through Officer Dan to show love and respect to others in need. God had heard this chaplain’s silent prayer. Prayers are words fitly spoken. God yearns to hear our prayers and to act upon our sincere and humble requests.

God wants to provide for us as our Jehovah Jireh (Exodus 15:26).

God wants to deliver and protect us as our Lord of Hosts, Jehovah Sabaoth (1 Samuel 1:13).

God wants to sanctify us as our Jehovah M’Kaddesh (Ezekiel 37:28).

God wants to be our Great Shepherd and Guide as our Jehovah Rohi (Psalm 23).

And God truly wants to our best friend as our Jehovah Shamma (Ezekiel 4:1-4; 48:35).

All this is available. And earnest prayer is one powerful way to request and see God act. Use your words well; to others and to God. Pray for yourself, your family, your church and your local police officers.

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).

Prayer: Words Fitly Spoken, Part 1

[this article was originally posted on:  www.adopt-a-cop.org ]

You probably know the childhood slogan, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  Well, that might have a truth in the physical sense, but it’s definitely not true in the emotional sense.  Words do have meaning and have impact for many years to come. The power within a word or a group of words can injure as much as they are able to inspire, encourage and transform lives and societies. As King Solomon wrote in Book of Proverbs, “A word fitly spoken [a word spoken at the right time] is like apples of gold in settings [pictures, trays, or vessels] of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).

Author and pastor Charles Swindoll speaks to this in his book Simple Faith. Swindoll states, “Like Jell-O, concepts assume the mold of the words into which they are poured. Who has not been stabbed awake by the use of a particular word…or combination of words? Who has not found relief from a well-timed word spoken at the precise moment of need? Who has not been crushed beneath the weight of an ill-chosen word? And who has not gathered fresh courage because a word of hope penetrated the fog of self-doubt?”

Swindoll says, “The word WORD remains the most powerful of all four-letter words.” (emphasis mine) There is great power in using just the right word at the right time. As the wordsmith Mark Twain once wrote, “The difference between the right word and ‘almost the right word’ is like the difference between lightening and a lightening bug.”

Colors can fade.

Shorelines may erode.

Temples will crumble.

Empires fall.

But as the proverb assures, “a word fitly spoken” endures. Words can transform. Words can heal broken hearts and spirits.

With all respect to Swindoll, I would also like to suggest that the word WORD may not be most powerful of all four-letter words, but for believers the word PRAY may be. PRAYER, using a group of words to engage, incite to action the greatest and most powerful force in all of the known universe and beyond. So, let’s PRAY.

Pray for yourself, pray for your family, pray for your church, and pray for your local police officers.