I’ve been assigned to pray for others. But, it is also in my best interest to pray for myself as well. A lot of seasoned Christians (mature) think it is noble to pray for other people exclusively. And it truly is; but some of these same people who may know that it is wise to pray for oneself may find themselves struggling with finding a balance. I am not encouraging people to singularly
focus on themselves. However, none of us can be equipped to complete our assignments or to follow the course that God has laid out for ourselves without very specific prayer.
I’d like to mention a very specific prayer focus here that many of us have a tendency to overlook. For some of us it is a little different; but it will be helpful.
* First, let’s pray for consistency, discipline and sincerity…not showmanship.
* On our jobs…let’s ask God to refine our hearts to be compassionate, more caring, full of wisdom and humility
* In our families ask God to allow us to be the shining light that people want to be around. Let’s ask Him to remove all smugness, pride and false humility from us.
* In our neighborhoods, let us pray specifically for our neighbors and that God will do a work in us allowing us to excel in our helpfulness, in our good works, causing us to soar in such a way that is consistent. That our faithfulness is these areas will cause people to want to take a God walk of their own.
* In our everyday lives as we intermingle with merchants, customer service professionals and strangers that our politeness, our words, our actions will be so impactful that people will want to know more about us and what we do.
* In our interactions with other Christians…let us pray to discard legalism and denominationalism am embrace our similarities; the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let our prayers be prayers to strengthen our faith, to trust God, to seek wisdom…to experience and show Hod’s love…to guard our heart and patrol (yes) our words….
IF WE CAN GET OUR FOCUS TOWARDS INTERNAL REFINEMENT; I AM SURE THAT WE CAN IMPROVE.
I have to make a confession. I had to repent recently for falling victim going along with another person’s opinion. It turns out that the opinion was not biblical. I did not know because I wasn’t thinking and I did not check. Perhaps, others have fallen victim to the opinions of others. There is no better reference than the bible.
Finally….remember that Jesus not only prayed for others and for guidance, He also prayed for himself. Have you read the Book Of Psalms? There are tons of references to David searching himself, worshipping God, encouraging himself, praying for himself and giving thanks. But remember, prayer brings us into an intimate place with God and that is the place where we
want to be! Hallelujah!
- Why Won’t You Pray? by Elaine Davenport June 23, 2012 (ephesians.wordpress.com)
- The Truth About Prayer by E. Davenport May 19, 2012 (faithcenter.wordpress.com)
- The Most Powerful Way We Can Help Others (kellylevatino.com)
- True Independence Day! By Elaine Davenport July, 2012 (faithcenter.wordpress.com)
- What Is a Prayer Partner? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- Praying for our children (eardstapa.wordpress.com)