Giving a speech can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, you’re about to speak publicly in front of a lot of people! Whether they number in the thousands, hundreds, or dozens doesn’t matter. Sometimes, speaking in front of people causes butterflies in our stomachs. There are many reasons why we feel butterflies in our stomachs when we are about to give a speech. This could be because we are afraid to stutter or make mistakes when speaking. Perhaps the sight of a large crowd staring at you as you speak just feels overwhelming. Regardless, we should not rely on ourselves but on God.
Heavenly Father, I thank You because You are with me when I speak in front of this crowd. In fact, You have already gone before me to prepare the way. My confidence as I stand in front of a podium and speak in front of people is not my eloquence but the fact that You are with me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Why Pray Before Your Speech?
Whenever we are about to embark on something difficult, something bigger than us, or something that we know is really important, as Christians, we pray. We pray because we depend on God regarding important things. The same goes when we are about to give a speech. If we find the act of giving a speech overwhelming, we should depend on God in prayer.
A good example that we can find in the Bible is Moses. When God called Moses in Exodus 3, it wasn’t about giving a speech but about going to Pharaoh to tell him to let the Israelites go. That said, it still involved speech in the sense that he had to communicate. Moses was reluctant, explaining that he was not an eloquent speaker (Exodus 4:11-13). However, God told Moses that He would be with Him and that He would be his mouth and teach him what he was to speak.
We are ultimately dependent on God, so we must pray to Him in humility before we give a speech. Even if we think that we speak eloquently, we must trust and rely on God through prayer. In fact, all the eloquence you have comes from God. Our comfort in depending on God is because God is self-sufficient. In (And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14), God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”
God is sufficient on His own. He does not have to depend on anyone for strength. However, we must depend on Him. Because God is self-sufficient, that also means that He is the source of all things. That is why, in (For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Romans 11:36), it is written that from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
How does that comfort us when we feel nervous or overwhelmed when we are about to give a speech? It is comforting because it tells us that, in the end, it is never about us but about God, from whom all things come. We can therefore trust Him with whatever minimal speaking skills we have. It is God who made man’s mouth, and it is God who will give us the grace that we need as we give our speech.
In (And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9), it is written that God’s grace is sufficient in moments of weakness and that His power is made perfect. In a sense, it is better to be weak because it is where we are made strong and where His strength is perfected in us. We don’t end up depending on ourselves but on the grace of God at work within us.
God is the only person who can help us and the only person on whom we should depend. Hence, we must humbly pray to Him, acknowledging that we need him when we give a speech.
What Is A Good Prayer Before A Speech?
As mentioned above, a good prayer before a speech is one prayed out of humility. A prayer that is said in humility comes from the understanding that one cannot rely on oneself but only on God’s grace and mercy. As a result of that, we pray and depend on God. In 1 Peter 5:6-7, it is written that we are to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and cast our cares to Him. We will not pray and ask God for help if we are proud. However, the Bible tells us to be humble, and being humble means praying or casting our concerns regarding the speech we are about to give to God.
That concern about the speech you are about to give could be anything. It could be regarding the grace to speak without stuttering, the ability to communicate clearly without confusing your hearers, to speak with authority, not to be nervous, but to instead deliver the speech confidently, and so many more. Whatever your concerns, you ought to cast and lift them to God in prayer.
Heavenly Father, I am nervous as I am about to give a speech in front of many people. I cannot do this on my own, LORD, but with Your grace and strength, I know I can. Give me the grace I need to communicate my piece well so that I will be able to speak in a manner that the audience will listen to. I pray that no technical difficulties shall happen and that I can give my speech smoothly. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sometimes, we are nervous about giving a speech because we are trying to please our audience. While a speech is for the audience to listen to what you are saying, in the end, your motivation for doing what you’re doing is to glorify God. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, it is written that we ought to glorify God in everything we do.