A Prayer for a Grace-giving, Parental Tongue

Lord,

You created language. You made words. You communicated first. You know how we are to use our tongues. Your word says that we are to “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). How often I, as a parent, do not give my kids grace-filled words! How often I nag and tear down! Would it kill me to affirm them once in a while? It certainly wouldn’t kill them. It would bring life. It would bring grace.

I have heard it said that we should say “no” to our children as little as possible. Sometimes I think this is all I say. I’m afraid I’m the “skipping record of ‘No!'” I have heard it said that 85% of our communication with them should be positive. I’m afraid I have that reversed. Lord, help me. I need You. Rotten, corrupting talk comes out of me like a river too often. Help me to build my children up. Let my words be sweet and fit the occasion. Don’t let me be the kill-joy parent who can’t laugh or cut up or smile. Please transform my tongue and my words by Your grace that I might impart Your grace to my children. May they enjoy You every moment that they are around me.

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