1. Pray and ask the Father to help you with not speaking negatively or fearfully about your situation, others or yourself. Instead, you must EXCHANGE negativity and fear for God’s Word. For instance, maybe you have a negative job situation with the world’s worst boss? Praying for those who are difficult or whom you perceive is your enemy is extremely Biblical. Matthew 5:44 states, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” What no retribution? Shouldn’t I be able to gossip about them to all my friends? No, pray for them. It’s God’s way. The following is an example of a prayer that aligns with God’s Word.
Example: “Lord, I ask for You to give me strength and perseverance to serve You in the workplace. I pray a blessing on my boss today. I pray that he/she sees You through my life. Help me and guide me I pray, In Jesus Name, Amen.”
*This prayer is in alignment with God’s Word, not your frustrations, and will work in whatever relationship that is challenging right now.
2. Actively fight negative speech/gossip with friend groups, family, or in the workplace, etc.
3. Intentionally, encourage 4-5 people you are close to (spouse, children, co-worker, mentor, boss) with positive speech through an encouraging note, email, or text. Let them know how grateful you are for them. A heart of gratitude is one that will not be consumed with worries. Today and for the rest of the fast, intentionally lift others up and fast “negative speech.” This can be challenging, but you can do it!
4. Write out in your journal and pray: Ephesians 4:29.
“Lord help me to not allow any unwholesome talk to come out of my mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. If I head down a negative speech path, *“pull me up short” by your Holy Spirit. May my speech bring glory to you and not magnify my worries. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
*Note: I’m a Texas native so sometimes my southern lingo will slip in. “Pull me up short” is defined as “correct.”
Be sure to let the online community know the wonderful testimonies of today’s challenge! I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 4, you are doing well and I’m so proud of you!