The 2 Reasons Why You Don’t Pray for Yourself (and why that needs to change) | The Good Book Blog
According to Rachel Jones, many of us neglect to pray for our hearts at our peril. When was the last time you spent significant, deliberate time praying about your character? Most of us find this aspect of prayer difficult to do. Here are two suggestionsu2014there are likely many more.
1. Praying for yourself seems… selfish
Is it selfish to spend time praying for ourselves when there are so many people with so many problems? Paul summarizes what God wants for us in this simple statement: “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified” (1 Thessalonians 4 v 3).
2. Praying for yourself feels… hard
Prayers for yourself don’t have to be selfish or vague, says Rachel Jones, author of Five Things to Pray for Your Heart, and they can be useful and sanctifying.
Can I pray to God for myself?
u201cPetitioning, or praying for yourself, is an important part of prayer. Some people avoid it because they believe it violates humility and draws attention to themselves rather than God, but it is biblical.
What happens if you pray to yourself?
Your prayer never leaves your heart, mind, or body, but it can have a positive effect, similar to a placebo effect. Scientists and doctors don’t know everything there is to know about how our bodies work.
Where in the Bible does it say to pray by yourself?
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men, says the King James Version of the Bible.
Is it selfish to pray?
No, it’s not selfish, but it’s also not devotion; it’s bargaining. If you believe in God, you won’t need to ask him for anything; he’ll give you everything you need, and if he doesn’t, you should accept his decision with humility.
Is it wrong to pray?
It is impossible to pray incorrectly if you are speaking to God; there is no wrong way to pray. People require confirmation that what they are doing is correct. Children each have their own way of communicating with their parents.
Should you pray alone?
When people pray in a group, they are praying for a specific purpose, and this joining of minds almost always results in the prayer becoming a reality. Praying alone, on the other hand, is self-reflective in nature, and it helps you improve yourself and feel closer to God.
What to Do When You Can’t pray anymore?
When you are unable to pray, there are seven things you can do.
- 4.? Meditate on the Word
- if you can’t talk to God, let Him talk to you.
- 6.? Just sit quietly with God and listen.
Does the Bible tell us to pray for others?
u201cConfess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed; the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.u201d James 5:16.
What did God say about praying alone?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus advised.
What are good things to pray for?
40 Things to Be Thankful For
- Growth in the Fruit of the Spirit.
- Courage and boldness in Christ.
- Spiritual growth of your spouse.
- To be a good, faithful marriage partner.
- A Christ-centered marriage.
- To hear God clearly.
How do you ask God for something you really want?
God can answer vague prayers, but being specific creates a stronger bond between you and Him. Tell God what you want or need and ask Him to provide it for you.
How do I pray for self confidence?
I pray for courage to walk in the plans you have for me, and for you to keep me close as I step out in faith and do your will for my life. I admit I am afraid, but I will not let fear keep me from the blessings you have in store for me. Peace, confidence, and courage!
How can I pray without being selfish?
“Do not be anxious about anything,” the Bible says, “but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Then, as the Bible says, include praise and thanksgiving as a regular part of your prayers, focusing on God rather than yourself.