Have you ever found it easy to pray for others, but found yourself stumped as how to pray for yourself beyond a few generic ‘Lord, keep me safe and healthy’; ‘Help me grow in You’ type requests.
Well you are not alone. When I first set up my latest prayer journal, I found it easy to make extensive lists for other prayer topics, but when it came to praying for myself it took a while to make a detailed list. I started writing out a list and left the paper accessible to add to over a few days. Sometimes I would add one thing and other times I would think of many at once.
Eventually I came up with five areas I need prayer in and I was able to assemble a list of requests for each one. I have put them into a file to share with you and posted the links at the end of this article. I hope they will be of use to you as much as they have helped me get started.
There are five areas I think important to cover for each one of us. Topics that affect us in all aspects of our lives; whether you are male or female; single or married. I would like to share them with you and quickly explain how we should look at them from a biblical perspective and use them for prayer.
A lot of prayer is needed for this area. We need help to grow; we need protection. We need to utilize God’s warring and protective angels. We need to be asking the Holy Spirit for guidance, discernment and wisdom. Jesus Himself said one of the reasons He needed to leave was so that our Helper, the Holy Spirit would come.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2. Mental, Physical and Emotional Health
Not many of us can claim to be fit in all three areas of our health. No matter what our health is, with God’s help we can get through each day. God also works through both medicine and doctors to give us help with our medical issues. Our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit so we should do our best to keep our bodies as healthy as we can. God doesn’t promise perfect health, but He does promise to be with us through everything. He will never leave us.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
We all have relationships: family, co-workers, the body of Christ. As believers how we handle these affects us more than we may realize. For example if we don’t do good where we see the need…it’s actually a sin. If we don’t forgive others, we will become bitter and God has said He doesn’t have to forgive us if we ourselves do not forgive. Biting off the head of our co-worker when we’re having a bad day isn’t a good thing to do. Either is ignoring texts or phone calls because someone needs to talk…again. Relationships can be complicated, so I figure we need all the help we can get.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only,
Therefore, to him who knows to do good
and does not do it, to him it is sin.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
For many this can be a touchy subject. To live we need money, no doubt about it. All of us have bills and hopefully we can stay out of debt. How we spend money beyond basic living expenses shows a lot about our heart; where our ‘treasure’ is. God wants us to act as good stewards of what He gives us. We should also be willing to support His work. One of our purposes as Christians is to share and spread the gospel; this takes financial support. Wisdom and discernment is needed if we are to use our funds as God wants us too.
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
5. Daily Needs
As our last area these are more specific, possibly changing every day or these are things we seek help with every single day. In this world we live in, we face challenges on all sides; struggles from which we need the help of God. We need to be bathing ourselves in the protective covering of God every single day. We will not make it without the help of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. He is promised to be our Helper. He gives us discernment and wisdom. He is the whisper in our ear, showing us the way out when we are being tempted. He is the voice guiding us along the way, helping us chose the right way.
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness..
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Praying for ourselves is deeper than I thought of at first. The more detailed we make our prayers, the more detailed God can answer us. Our prayers also show God that we are willing to spend time with Him and that we are confident that He will answer.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him,
that if we ask anything according to His will,
whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
1 John 5:14-15
Until next time, God bless.
I have uploaded the files in two layout versions (portrait & landscape) and in two file formats (.odt & .doc). I did this because one file format worked on my laptop but not on my tablet. Let me know if you have any problems with any of these files. In my next post I will be covering topics needing prayer as we pray for others.
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