Are you intriged by the idea of praying - for yourself - regularly? I don't mean in a selfish, exclusive, I only wanna pray about me way. I mean in a God, I need a heavenly download of peace, joy, strength and wisdom for today way. Contrary to how we probably feel, prayer for ourselves is not selfish. It's absolutely necessary.
I started praying for myself years ago, at the Lord's direction (see the post below). I had no idea that before me awaited three major surgeries, serious marriage strain, a son going into war in Baghdad, a major move and a new job. But it didn't matter, because God knew. God knew that I needed to be prepared, focused and strengthened for the time ahead. Simply put, I needed to build myself up through prayer (see Jude 20).
Wondering what to pray about? Below is a prayer list that covers some of the things I pray about. It's just a starting point, but the idea is to motivate you to actively cover yourself in prayer on a regular basis.
- My mind.
- My thoughts.
- My attitude.
- My heart: healing, strenghtening, purifying.
- My will.
- My phyical body and all health issues.
- My appetite.
- I ask for: wisdom, discernment, God's perspective, and love for people.
- I ask for God to order my steps, and to open and close doors according to His will.
- I ask for: focus, clarity and direction for the day's tasks.
God's word says we have not because we ask not (James 4:2) so you'd better believe I'm going to ask!
For those of you who already pray for yourselves, (yay!) please take a moment and share something for which you regularly pray.
If this is a new idea to you, I hope you're ready to partner with God and begin the powerful commitment of praying for yourself on a regular basis. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. Strengthened by the Lord through prayer, there is nothing we can't do.