“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:” (John 15:26)
The words to say, that is the prayer of all those who have been born-again, the proper words to say to all we meet that will glorify the Lord our God. We cannot draw them, He does, but He has chosen in these days of grace to use us, or if you prefer, to allow us to be His mouthpiece, but far too many rely on the Holy Spirit in this regard than perhaps they should.
I do not mean that we should not rely on Him, for without the guidance of the Holy Spirit we would be at a complete loss for words, but that reliance is more than allowing Him to speak through us, we are responsible for our actions.
I have never met anyone who can perform complex mathematical equations who did not in some way study math, nor have I ever heard of anyone who was born with the ability to speak several languages. When we are born-again, we receive the Holy Spirit, we are forever sealed as one of God’s in Christ, but at the moment you were saved you more than likely did not have the entire Word of God with all His precepts and truths embedded within you by the Holy Spirit.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2nd Tim. 2:15)
You study, the Holy Spirit guides you in all truth, if you do not study, do not expect Him to take control of your vocal chords when you meet someone.
If you want to speak for God, you must study God, if you want to reach others for the glory of God, you must study His Word, witnessing for Christ is not done by osmosis, it is performed by those who apply themselves daily to prayer and the study of the Scriptures.
The Holy Spirit will of course guide you, in ways that the one listening will not be able to perceive, but, if you also are listening to Him as you are speaking to others, you will hear words coming from your lips that will astound you, and you will know in those moments that it is not you any longer that is speaking to that person, but Christ in you.
But unless you spend much time in the Word of God and with much prayer and supplication seek His face daily, do not expect these things to happen, if you have been chosen, He will qualify you for the work set before you, but, and I truly hope you take these words to heart my friends, the Living God does not use lazy people.
“For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.” (1st Tim. 5:18)
We work by applying ourselves to the tasks set before us, by studying the Scriptures, by praying to be used by Him for His glory, not by hoping that if we are called to give an account of our faith that the Holy Spirit will take over our bodies and speak for us, but by preparing each day for those moments.
Friend or foe, someday someone is going to ask you some questions about Jesus, and if you have a few memory verses, all the better, but they will want to speak more than likely about deeply personal issues, about anxiety, nervousness, about death, and that is not the time to say, “Lord, please speak for me.” Now is the time to prepare, now is the time to pick up His word and seek His face.
My friends, in many regards, the Holy Spirit will not do something for you that you will not do for yourself, He will help, He will guide and assist, He will lead you on paths of righteousness, but He is not going to study for you.
You are to employ effort here; you are to have the desire to seek Him.