Recently I was talking with a woman who was worried about her very talented daughter who is working at a job where she's not getting any breaks while other less talented employees are getting ahead. She was lovingly concerned about her daughter's future, but as she went on and on painting a scenario of gloom and doom, I started to feel depressed. Then I gathered my thoughts and asked her, "Is that what you want for your daughter?" She said, "No, of course not." I said, "Then you have to quit prophesying that about her future." If she convinced herself that's what was going to happen, she was also going to speak those words to her daughter. I said, "Look, what you need to begin to say is, 'Thank You, Father, for unprecedented favor in my daughter's workplace. Thank You that she's going to get the supernatural breaks she needs.' Begin to prophesy her abundant future."
It's because we love someone or something so much that we begin to use our words in the wrong direction to try to control the situation. Because of the pressures of life, we need to be mindful of what we're saying. David prayed in Psalm 141, "Lord, set a guard over my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips." He was saying, "God, I am in a difficult situation. Don't let me speak words that get my life off course. I don't want to speak what I see and feel. I want to speak what You want. I want to go in Your direction for my life."
And that's exactly what you and I need to speak in the midst of the pressures of life. Our words can send us in the direction of God. We serve a positive God who spoke life and light into a dark and void situation and created this world. And He has given us the privilege to do the same—to speak into our situations, to begin to prophesy our future, to direct our life where it needs to go so that we can obtain the miracles that He has for us.
Jesus said, "The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). When you get the Word of God in your mouth, you create a strong, spiritual life that will send you on the course to life. Your words will direct you beside still waters and take you to green pastures. They'll lead you to refreshment for your soul. Let's be very attentive to the words that we speak. Let's remember our words are containers of power that can direct our course. We can prophesy our future.