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.
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.
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.
How do you pray?
Learn to Pray in Four Simple Steps
- Step 1: Address Heavenly Father.
- Step 2: Thank Heavenly Father.
- Step 3: Ask Heavenly Father.
- Step 4: Close in the Name of Jesus Christ.
- Praying in a Group.
- Pray Always, With Sincerity, and Faith in Christ.
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.
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 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.
Where in the Bible is this too shall pass?
-Strength for Today- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “And This Too Shall Pass.”
Can I write down my prayers?
Write down your prayersu2013in a journal, on a piece of computer paper, in the margins of your Bible, on a sticky note, across a chalkboard, in your notes appu2013so that you don’t forget them. Because when you pray and pray and pray, and God answers your prayer, it’s easy to lose sight of the fire.