A common theme/complaint around prayer that I’ve come across is the idea of feeling like you’re praying for the same things repeatedly. We can sometimes feel like a broken record asking God for the same things, praying for the same people and just not growing in our prayer lives. That’s why today, we’ll focus on two things to pray for yourself.
If you’ve ever felt stuck in your prayer life or like you don’t know what to pray for, I totally understand. Society has made prayer out to be this mysterious thing with so many rules attached to it and that can lead to feeling stuck in our prayer lives because we’re trying to attain some unnamed standard.
Pray for an hour. Be on your knees. Stand on your feet. Close your eyes.
While some of these things have their place and help us develop a reverent mindset when talking to God, they are often parameters created by man that stifle open communication with God. If you spend time in the Word of God you’ll see that people prayed in various positions for various lengths of time. That’s why I created Simplifying Prayer, to demystify this integral part of our walk with God.
Going back to feeling like a broken record, I’ve felt that way before and I have found that discovering things to pray for yourself or for other is another great reason to read the Bible. If you’re wanting to expand the scope of prayers you pray over yourself, keep on reading this post for a couple of ideas and spend time in your Bible for even more ideas.
Two Things to Pray for Yourself
Pray for Your Passion for the Word
Spending quality time studying the Bible is such an integral part of our walk with God. But – honesty time – sometimes the desire is just not there.
Sometimes we get overwhelmed by our lives that it feels like we can’t take the time to sit in God’s presence. Sometimes we do pick up the book and read it but forget everything once we walk away from that space.
Other times we try to read the Bible and it just feels… bleh. We don’t understand it. We feel like we’re not getting a message from God. We think of it as another thing checked off our to-do list and we move on with our day. Philippians 2:13 says:
For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
Each time I read that, I feel like a burden has been lifted from me because what God is saying here is that it’s not about us. It’s not by our power but by His. He gives us the desire and the strength to fulfill His will.
So, one thing you can pray to God for regularly is that He strengthens your passion for spending time in His word
When you find yourself in those moments where your Bible is in your hands but your flesh is getting in the way of connecting with the Word. Just take a moment and pray these words, or something similar:
Heavenly Father, I need your help. I know that you have given me a desire to please you. You have given me a heart that wants to fulfill your purpose in my life. I know that spending time in your Word is the best way to get to know you and discover your purpose for me but I am struggling. I am struggling with my focus. I am struggling with feeling like you’re not with me right now in this moment. Lord, I pray for the presence of your Holy Spirit to help me focus on your Word. Father, fill me with a passion for spending time learning about you and your desire for me. Help me submit my flesh to your Spirit and my will to yours. Help me long for your Word daily so that I may be filled with rivers of living water. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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Pray for Wisdom
The book of Proverbs in the Bible is pretty much an ode to wisdom and it repeatedly emphasizes the importance wisdom is in life.
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her [wisdom] is better than gain from silver and her [wisdom] profit better than gold. She [wisdom] is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her [wisdom]. Long life is in her [wisdom] right hand; in her [wisdom] left hand are riches and honor. Her [wisdom] ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Proverbs 3:13-18
Why is wisdom so important?
Ephesians 5:15-17 tells us – Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Wisdom allows us to understand God’s will for the world and our lives better.
With wisdom, we are able to interact with people in a way that glorifies God.
In Chronicles when God said to Solomon “Ask what I shall give you.” and Solomon asked for wisdom, here was God’s response:
“Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may rule my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12).
Wisdom is a state of mind that reflects the Holy Spirit at work in us. Wisdom shows up in the thoughts we indulge in. It shows up in the decisions we make, the actions we take and the words we speak.
We see from that passage that wisdom leads to a lot of the other things we often spend time longing for. But how do we get wisdom? Does it come from our books and education? From our life experiences? No. Because there’s a difference between worldly wisdom and Heavenly wisdom. But that’s a story for another day. James 1:5 tells us
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Wisdom comes from God, and if we ask for it, He will generously give it to us.
Pray these words the next time you find yourself in a situation where you need the wisdom of the Holy Spirit:
Heavenly Father, I thank you that you have blessed me a with a Spirit of love and a sound mind. Lord, your Word says that I will be blessed if I find wisdom and gain understanding. It declares that wisdom is better than silver and gold. I come to You today to ask for wisdom. I proclaim Your wisdom over myself. I believe and declare in You, that all my actions, thoughts and speech will be guided by Your wisdom. Help me make wise decisions that will lead to the fulfillment of Your will for my life. I pray that I will always interact with the world in a way that causes Your light to shine through me. I thank You, Father for I believe that my prayer has been answered. Glory be to Your name oh Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
These are just 2 of many things we can talk to God about. But sometimes figuring out how to talk to Him is a challenge. If you’ve struggled with figuring out where to start when it comes to prayer, you’re not alone.
So, let’s encourage one another – leave a comment below and share how you pray for yourself when you’re at a loss for what to say.
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