Praying For Yourself - Daily Devotional
One of the things that we need to remember is to pray for ourselves. Christian’s sometimes get caught up in ministry and helping out with the needs of others that we forget to mention our own needs to God. This episode will just go over a few ways that we can pray for ourselves.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, – Colossians 1:9-11
Most of us want to bear good fruit (like have a spiritually productive life). The problem is that many Christian’s say they know God, they are not really experiencing him. Don’t just visit God for 2 hours on Sunday. Talk to him regularly while you are going through every day. Your prayer for yourself is that you should know Gods will for yourself and be filled with spiritual understanding.
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. – Ephesians 3:14-19
Pray for yourself that God will give you inner strength through the power of his Holy Spirit so that you can endure through challenging times. Also pray that Christ will make his home in your heart so that his character will be able to flow through you as you interact with other people and walk in the love of Christ.
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. – Philippians 1:9-10
Love must be more than sentimental emotion. It must confirm with the truth of the Word of God. So your prayer for yourself should be that you will be filled to overflowing with the love of God to pour put to others.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. – James 1:22
It does you no good if you just listen to the word and not put it into practice. You have to apply what you learn from the word of God. It may be challenging to apply a new behaviour or thought that we learn from Gods word but pray that the Holy Spirit will give you the strength to apply what the word of God says.
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. – 1 John 4:4
Everyday we need to remember that we are children of God and the Holy Spirit in us is greater that the spirit of the world. We pray that we can be victorious against any worldly assignment from the enemy because the Holy Spirit in us is greater.
The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24
This verse reminds us that faith is a gift from God. No matter how much faith we have, we never reach the point of being self sufficient and growing in faith is a daily process of renewing our trust in Jesus.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. – Psalms 51:17
God doesn’t want us to try to please him with outside actions but it the inward attitude of the heart that pleases him. Pray for yourself that your heart attitude will be pleasing to him daily.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. – Galatians 5:22-24
At the root of Christian development lies your character. These verses in Galatian’s describe what you can focus on to develop your character so that you will mature and do what it is pleasing to God. Pray that the fruits of the spirit or character traits will increase in your life every day.