All of us have done it. We speak careless words without realizing the ramifications of what we’ve done. Our words have power… even the careless ones.
You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God, what you have promised. Deuteronomy 23:23
Remember the careless words we’ve spoken at funerals? We tell the grieving widow we should do lunch sometime? We make promises to be available for them, but when it rolls around, we don’t really keep our word.
We tell someone we’re going to call. But don’t. We say we’re going to volunteer at a local food pantry but never follow through. We promise to help someone move but are “busy” on the day of their moving. We make a promise to a ministry to give financially but never get around to it. We tell our kids if they accomplish “A” we’ll reward them with “B”… but the reward never materializes. We promise God to read a chapter of His Word every day, but it doesn’t happen.
Broken verbal contracts.
Sloppy empty words… which we will be held accountable for.
“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” Matthew 12:36
As we mature in Christ, we must be careful with our words. The power of life and death is in the tongue. Your words can build or destroy. They have consequences. If we are careless with our words, we can open a door for an attack from the enemy.
One place where sloppy words have real-world consequences are in intercession and spiritual warfare. I was warring over a friend’s home that was being foreclosed on. It was an attack by the enemy not something of her own making. I put a stake in the ground and proclaimed with faith, “You will not take this house from her! She will give it to you before you take it!”
Do you see that? Do you see my careless words?
“…she will give it to you before you take it.” I just gave the devil a door to open. I unknowingly made a contract with the devil that if she would give it to him – he could have it. So the devil went to work.
Within a year, the enemy had put so much targeted pressure on the mind of my friend that she gave up and handed her house over to foreclosure. A few months later, a set of circumstances came about that would have allowed her to keep her home – but it was too late. The devil had taken advantage of my careless words, and my friend gave it to the devil.
Now, I don’t take full responsibility for my friend losing her house – I know there were quite a few moving parts in that spiritual attack. BUT I prayed careless words, and it did give another advantage to the enemy in this fight.
Another place we use careless words is when we pray over the people we love. We CAN pray wrong. Our prayers CAN put people in a spiritual prison. We can pray amiss for our pastors. We can pray amiss for our children. We can pray amiss about a situation we don’t have God’s perspective on. We can open doors for the enemy to walk through and give him an advantage. When we pray wrong, we can put people in bondage to careless word contracts.
Something as selfish as “God I pray that my kids would come home every Christmas and visit me” is a careless prayer. You put your kids in bondage because of a selfish desire. It’s possible that God has other plans for your kids – or it may be necessary that they be somewhere else for Christmas. But a prayer contract like this puts undue pressure on them and in the spirit – they probably feel pressure to get home for Christmas.
There have been many times when helping someone with deliverance that I have had to break off careless words to get them out of bondage. Sometimes well-meaning ancestors have prayed for their descendants with careless words. They could have prayed their own will for their family instead of the Lord’s will.
Jesus knew how important careless words were. When He was in the garden of Gethsemane, He asked God to deliver Him from going to the cross. But He knew He was praying his own will… which is why He said, “nevertheless, not My will but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) These words closed the door to anything the devil might take advantage of.
Now it is not hard to annul our careless word contracts. The blood of Jesus is powerful enough to break any contract. In the steps below, we’ll focus on both breaking our own careless word contracts as well as careless words that were spoken over us.
Steps to Wholeness:
1. Ask for the record books to be opened in heaven and ask that every careless word you have spoken would be gathered into one file.
2. By faith, take this file to Father God and ask forgiveness for every single careless word you have spoken. Ask Father God if there are any specific careless words He wants to point out to you. Listen. And specifically, ask forgiveness for the memories He brings up to you.
3. Ask God to apply the blood of Jesus to any contracts or curses that are contained in your careless words. Decree this: By the blood of Jesus I decree that every contract and curse caused by my careless words are broken and annulled, and shall be reversed in Jesus name. I further decree freedom and blessing to replace these contracts/curses.
4. Ask for the record books to be opened in heaven and ask the angels to gather every careless word spoken over you or your family. Then ask God to forgive every person who has spoken careless words over you (and your family). Ask that the blood of Jesus would annul every contract and curse brought on by careless words. Ask the Lord to replace the contract/curse with His freedom and blessing.
5. Listen quietly to any specific careless word curse the Lord wants to address. Sometimes there are deeper word curses that need a little more attention in prayer to break. The method is always 1) forgiveness, 2) the blood of Jesus applied, a 3) contract/curse broken and annulled, 4) blessing to replace the curse.