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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.

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The Power of Spirit Led Prayer

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Romans 8:26 “In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.”

Prayer is a powerful act because it is supernatural. Spirit led prayer is an interaction of the work of the Spirit, the Word of God and our obedience. Many people pray in many different ways. Some pray long prayers, some emotional prayers, some pray using list and some pray spontaneously. But, whatever your “style” of prayer is, make sure it is Spirit led. When we pray, as the Bible teaches us to pray, the Holy Spirit joins us as He intercedes and empowers our prayers which leads to supernatural results. As Christians, we have the privilege of approaching God’s throne and laying our concerns at His feet as we pray “in step” with the Spirit. (1 Peter 5:7). 

Do you desire to see your life change? Is there someone in your family or someone you know that needs a touch from God? Prayer is where you start but that’s not where it ends. God works through us as we pray according to the Spirit and in line with the Word. However, the prayer process does not stop when we say ‘amen’. We are invited by God to follow our prayer with obedience as the Spirit leads us. This is Spirit Led Prayer.

Henry Blackaby gives us eight steps by which we encounter Spirit-led prayer. Take time today to pray according to the Spirit and listen for God’s directions. I know you will be blessed.

  1. God takes the initiative. If you desire to pray, consider it as God calling you to prayer.  When we pray it’s because God summons us into His presence.
  2. The Spirit of God reveals the will of God through the Word of God. The Holy Spirit takes the words and truths of Scripture and impresses them on our minds. As we pray, He will bring specific Scriptures to our minds.
  3. The Holy Spirit helps us pray in agreement with what God is saying (Romans 8:26).  Our natural tendency is to meet God’s word with unbelief. The Holy Spirit works to align our hearts and minds to accept what God is saying.
  4. When God gives us direction through prayer. He will confirm His word through the bible, circumstances and other believers.
  5. We adjust our lives to what God says. Once God speaks to us, we cannot remain the same. God’s Word always requires adjustment on our part.
  6. We obey God. All of God’s speaking to us means little unless we do what He tells us.
  7. God works in and through us to accomplish His revealed purposes.
  8. We experience God through our obedient response to God’s Word to us.

Have a blessed day,
Pastor Mack

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