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Pray for Yourself Everyday

11 Ways to Pray for Yourself Every Day

One of the key elements in prayer is petitioning, or praying for yourself. Some people shy away from such prayers, thinking that it violates humility and draws attention to themselves rather than God.

Yet, it’s absolutely biblical. In fact, Jesus petitioned the following the night before He was crucified: “Father…glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was” (John 17:5).

If Jesus needed to pray for Himself, then I certainly need to pray for myself. That said, ponder these eleven personal requests I’ve started bringing daily to God.

1. Examine me.

I borrowed this one from King David, who asked God to “search him, know him, test him, and see if there was any offensive way” in him (Psalm 139:23, 24). It takes courage to pray in such a way, yet I want the Lord to reveal to me those things that aren’t pleasing to Him.

2. Forgive my sins.

This is the obvious next step after petition #1. I’m wasting my time praying if I’m not willing to make confession a part of the process (Psalm 66:18). Once I‘ve sought and received His forgiveness (1 John 1:9), I’m on praying ground, washed and cleansed, ready to proceed.

3. Fill me with Your Spirit.

When renowned preacher/evangelist D.L. Moody was asked why he constantly sought a filling of the Spirit, he responded, “Because I leak.” I was baptized with the Spirit when saved, a reality that never needs to be repeated. Yet, like Moody, I leak. I need to be continually filled (Ephesians 5:18), especially for times of special service and ministry.

4. Restore and strengthen me.

Ministry can suck the life right out of us, creating a state of despondency and weariness (Isaiah 40:30). Like David, I ask God to “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12). Also, I include myself in on God’s promise to His people, through the prophet Ezekiel: “I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (36:26).

5. Grant me wisdom.

I have plenty of information at my disposal. What I need is wisdom—Godly wisdom—the kind that comes from above. We live in an age in which information abounds and wisdom seems nearly extinct. Thankfully, He’s happy to share it with us, “generously to all without finding fault,” if only we will ask (James 1:5).

6. Protect my mind.

Knowing I am what I think (Proverbs 23:7), I want to think good stuff. And I certainly need God’s help in doing so. Since we have the Holy Spirit living in us, we have access to the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). We dare not remain passive in the process, however. Daily, I pray that my carnal mind would be suppressed and Christ’s mind would reign supreme.

7. Stifle Satan.

Satan hates everything to do with what I’ve just written above. He’s lost the eternal war but will do everything in his power to win the battle for our minds. I pray for the daily strength to resist him so that he will flee (James 4:7). Like Jesus, I sometimes speak to him directly, demanding that he “get thee behind me” (Matthew 16:23).

8. Suppress unbelief and supply faith.

Such battles must never be entered alone. Like the father of the demon possessed boy, I must ask Jesus to “help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). Like the fledging disciples, we need to ask the Lord to “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

9. Guard my behavior.

The last thing I want to do is to be a stumbling block to those around me (1 Corinthians 10:32), especially the lost. Therefore, I pray that the Lord would “lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one (Matthew 6:13), protecting me from and guarding me against bad attitudes and choices.

10. Arrange significant divine appointments.

Over the years, this verse has become increasingly significant to me: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). My daily desire is to follow God’s schedule. Since He often gives spontaneous direction, I must allow margin in order for Him rearrange my schedule. I pray especially that He would lead me regularly into opportunities for evangelism and encouragement.

11. Enlarge my sphere of influence.

I’m taking this final petition right out of Jabez’s playbook. Like this Old Testament mystery man, I’m continually asking that “bless me and enlarge my territory” (1 Chronicles 4:10). According to Jack Taylor in PRAYER: Life’s Limitless Reach, this means “extended responsibility, lengthened influence, heightened opportunity.” For the glory of God, that’s the kind of desire for blessing and expansion of ministry and I’m continually seeking.

Petitioning is only one spoke in the prayer wheel. Certainly, it shouldn’t take precedent over praising God and interceding for others. Yet, in my remaining time on this fallen planet, I intend to take full responsibility for and advantage of every opportunity when it comes to praying for myself.

Power-full Conversations

Power-Full Conversations

Acts 4:29-31

“‘And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that Your servants may speak Your word with all boldness, while You stretch out Your hand for healing, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.'  When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God boldly.”

“Don’t challenge anyone’s beliefs”, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion”, “Live and let live”, “What you believe to be true, is truth”, “I am glad that Church thing works for you but it’s not for me”, “Many roads lead to enlightenment”, and the list goes on… Trying to share the Good News in today’s culture can sometimes make you feel like you are climbing up a muddy hill in a white suit. The outcome is a mudslide, and at the end you are no closer to the top than when you started, just muddy, tired and discouraged.

So, what is our response to this ever changing and neutrally grey culture? We adapt. We take on a new approach that is less intrusive and confrontational. We develop our own belief system… “I will be the silent witness that sets a good example”, “I will share the Good News, only if someone asks me”, “I am afraid to invite them to my Church because it might freak them out”, I will get a bumper sticker so they know I am a Christian”, “I won’t get a bumper sticker because it might turn them away”, and the list goes on. We have become a Church that backs it’s way timidly into the arena of evangelism and hope for the best.

Don’t get me wrong, the list’s above in themselves are good and necessary. We are called to be a light to the world (Matthew 15:14-16). However; We were also called to “go”; better translated “as you are going” (Matthew 28:18-20); and take the Good News to the entire world (Acts 1:8).  Unfortunately, along the way we have lost our boldness.

The early Church knew what they needed to do and cried aloud to the Lord asking for the boldness necessary to spread the Good News (Acts 4:29) and the Lord responded with His Holy Spirit and the spoke boldly.

So, how do we reclaim that boldness which comes from the Holy Spirit? We begin by having ‘POWER-Full’ conversations with God, our own families, our church brothers and sisters, and then the world. A POWER-Full conversation is the core spiritual disciplines that are acknowledged by the church and biblically necessary to experience a sanctifying and active faith, that in turn, helps us accomplish Christ’s mission. Let’s take a quick look at what these disciplines look like…

P - Prayer

O - Obedience

W - Word

E - Exalting the Father

R - Relationships

FULL - Dependance in the Holy Spirit

Our lives are to be fully set aside to the Lord, we begin by applying these disciplines daily in our relationship with the Father. This disciplined relationship then overflows into every conversation with those around us. I find it amazing that I unintentionally reveal where my heart is by the nature of conversation I have with those around me. If I am excited about something I am going to find a way to “sneak” it into every conversation, just ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that they are aware of my new love for motorcycles because I can’t shut up about it. What is in our hearts comes out to all around us (Luke 6:45). If we are living a spiritually disciplined life, our actions, conversation, and obedience to spreading the Good News will be evident and overflow out of us wherever we “go”.

I recently began meeting with a member of our church body for the purpose of discipleship. I cannot begin to tell you the excitement that has bubbled out of this relationship. Each time we meet we can’t shut up about what it means to live a POWER-Full life. We encourage one another, we pray together, we spend time in the Word, we celebrate and “go” out from this time together to intentionally share this joy and excitement with those we encounter. Make no mistake, there is an undeniable difference with a conversation that is driven by the Holy Spirit and a conversation that is void of the spiritual disciplines. A spiritually disciplined conversation strengthens and prepares us to “go”. A conversation void of these components leave us with acute spiritual atrophy.

What do our POWER-Full conversations look like? Are we meeting with others just to shoot the breeze or are we “boldly” taking the Good News to all who are in our life circles? It is time for us to be intentional with our relationships and begin with a POWER-Full conversation.

Pressing on Toward the Goal,
Jim Booth
Discipleship Pastor

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