How do you feel when you think about praying for yourself?
As women, I think we often see the importance of praying for others. We pray for our children, our husbands, our family, our friends, our difficult situations. But what often happens when we think about praying for ourselves?
We believe that we are being selfish.
Why is that?
*Maybe we feel there are so many other needs that are so much more important than our own, so praying for ourself takes away from praying for others.
*Maybe we feel that if we pray for ourselves, we are being ungrateful to God. He has done so much for us already. How could we ask for more?
*Maybe we feel as if we are not trusting God if we pray for our own concerns and needs. He has a plan for us, right? Asking for things for ourselves may sometimes make us feel as if we are taking matters into our hands rather than trusting Him.
These are all common thought process we have, especially those of us who deal with perfectionism. Perfectionism has a myriad of ways of keeping us from taking care of ourselves in a healthy manner. But let’s see what we can do to get beyond what perfect says we should do and instead, let’s focus on what the Bible says.
We’ll find some insights in these two verses:
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NKJV)
Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually. (3 John 1:2, HCSB)
Our bodies are the temple of Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Are we going to leave the temple in disarray? If we don’t focus on praying for ourselves that is exactly what we are doing. We need to be tapping into the power of prayer (especially the power of praying Scriptures) in order to keep ourselves spiritually fit.
We were bought with a price. (Jesus died on the cross for us.) We are commanded to glorify God in our bodies and spirit. This means taking care of ourselves, spending time keeping our hearts and minds focused on Him, and making every effort to move toward becoming all that God calls us to be. This doesn’t happen without prayer!
Ladies, it is not selfish to pray for yourself. God desires us to bring our specific needs and our thoughts and dreams to Him. He sees us for who we are, and He loves us just as we are. He wants us to seek Him in total honesty. If we are humble and willing, He will help us learn how to pray more intentionally and that includes praying for our own needs!Ladies, it is not selfish to pray for yourself!Click To Tweet
There is no better way to do this than to pray His very words back to Him. In 3 John 2 we find that the phrase “be in good health” means functioning such that all the parts work together. We are a body with working parts. Spiritually speaking we also have different areas of function, just like our body has different parts with different functions.
What if we take God’s Word and pray it over the different areas of our spiritual lives? This is a very powerful thing to do! The Bible tells us that His Word does not return void and will accomplish that which it was sent to do.
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11, NIV)God’s Word will accomplish the purposes for which He sent it! (Isaiah 55:11)Click To Tweet
We need to believe this truth and actively pray His Word. When you pray over Scripture for yourself, and when you ask for your specific needs you are filling yourself up with truth. You are inviting the power of God to keep your mind and heart pure and to lead and guide you. In this way, you become transformed and renewed and can then go out to do all that he has called you to do. Would that be a selfish thing to do? Absolutely not!
But we have an enemy that is blinding us to the truth! He does not want us to pray for ourselves! This is why he sends feelings of guilt and places lies in our minds that tell us praying for ourselves is a selfish thing to do. Let’s defeat him by actively praying scriptures daily and asking God for our needs!
I’ve created a printable and an infographic that will help you pray seven scriptures that will equip you for godly living. (You can find printable versions of each of these inside the Resource Library.) Pray one scripture a day and focus on the characteristics and commands within it so that you can absorb those truths and focus on asking God to help them become real in your life. Claim your seven verses across the space of a week’s time as you pray for yourself. Keep claiming these verses over and over again and believe the truths and promises found within them. You will see results!What if we take God’s Word and pray it over the different areas of our spiritual lives? This is a very powerful thing to do!Click To Tweet
Always remember, God’s Word accomplishes what He desires! And He desires that we be whole and complete, fully equipped by His strength and the power of His Word to go out and do all that He is calling us to do!
Each verse listed in this article is linked to its page at Bible Hub. You will find many resources there for deeper study.
What are your favorite verses to pray over your life? I’d love it if you’d leave them in the comments below! What you share will encourage and help someone else!
Dear Heavenly Father, We ask you do guard our minds and hearts against the lies of the enemy. We ask you to take away any guilt or feelings of selfishness as we pray these verses over ourselves this week. Help fill our minds with truths and renew and transform our lives through Your Word. In Jesus name, Amen.
For the next couple of weeks, we are going to be looking at several ways perfectionism negatively impacts your prayer life. I’ll be making some scripture card sets so that you’ll have verses to think about and claim for your life to help you if you struggle in these areas. Be sure to check back next week!
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