“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Prov. 18:21).
“No, I won’t pray for your son,” I told the startled widowed mother of a fifteen-year-old boy. “It won’t do any good. As long as you keep telling your son he’ll never amount to anything, you’ll undo the praying.”
“Did the Lord reveal that to you?” she asked.
“No,” I said, “I just know that the condition in life that we or our children are in was created by words.”
“What shall I do?” she asked.
“There are some things you should have done when your son was younger, but he’s fifteen now. So first, quit nagging him about being saved. Second, instead of lying in bed at night worrying about him, say, ‘Lord, I don’t know where he is, but wherever he is, I surround him with faith and love.’
“You’ve been surrounding him with doubt, fear, and condemnation. Say, ‘Lord, I’m going to tell You what I believe. I don’t believe he’ll end up in the penitentiary. I’ll never tell him again he won’t amount to anything. I believe he will amount to something.'”
I was back in this woman’s city fifteen months later. To make a long story short, she came to me and shared, “It was hard, but I did just what you told me. Before, my son was all out for the devil But now he’s all out for God!”
Confession: Life is in the power of my tongue, and I will minister life with it. I speak words of life!
Source: Kenneth E. Hagin.