Are You Praying For Yourself?
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When you pray, do you pray for yourself?
I have a long list of people, situations and things I pray for, but I often forget to pray for me.
I put myself on the back burner of my prayer life.
My prayer wall is covered in taped letters and notes. I read and pray with clinched fists over each one.
I remind myself of God’s word and promises. I let the scriptures soak in my heart and thoughts as I spend this time with God. Oh, do I enjoy this time with my Savior!
But all too often, for whatever reason, I do not pray in depth for myself.
I feel guilty for praying for myself.
I know guilt and shame isn’t from our Heavenly Father. It is high time I deal with this issue.
What’s the best way to deal with a problem? In prayer and the Holy scriptures, of course!
Our best example for us to look at is Jesus himself. He often withdrew from the crowds to pray. (Luke 5:16)
In the model prayer that Jesus gives in Matthew 6:5-13, we are shown to ask for our daily needs and forgiveness of sins as well as seek help to forgive others.
I’m reminded in Psalm 34:18 and Psalm 147:3 that God is near the broken hearted.
Revelation 21:4 speaks of God’s loving gentleness in wiping away our tears. That is such a loving, endearing moment of God sharing and healing our pain.
Should You Pray For Yourself?