“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water” (Jas. 3:9-13).
Jesus revealed that a spring of living water flows out of us (Jn 7:38). Then James explains that when we use our mouths to curse or condemn rather than praise, we are dumping a truckload of salt into our spring. Cursing as it is used here does not refer to profanity—it means to denounce or call something bad or harmful. Our ability to praise, worship and minister in prophetic intercession is directly affected by what comes out of our mouths.
When you start to feel dry or like things just aren’t flowing smoothly in the prayer closet, ask the Holy Spirit to check is your mouth. He will be glad to show you where the salt came from! “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God” (Eph 4:29-30). Keep the flow of the Holy Spirit alive as you minister through intercession by keeping your tongue in check. As you renounce unrighteous judgments and words that aren’t life-giving, you’ll be the vessel He looks for when He wants to accomplish something powerful through prayer!
Lord, show me where my tongue is getting me into trouble, salting the flow of life-giving water meant to minister to others. I chose to bring my tongue into conformity so that it blesses and benefits.
Pray for any persons you know who are dying spiritually. Pray for opportunities to invite them to the sumptuous wedding banquet of the king (Mt. 22:2-10).
Praise God, who fills you with rich spiritual food (Isa. 55:2). Thank God for not allowing you to go hungry for spiritual nourishment. Confess any craving you may have for things which are not spiritually satisfying (55:2). Commit yourself to daily feeding on Jesus, the living bread (Jn. 6:51). Ask God to instill in you a hunger for the Word of Life.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.