Do we forget to pray for ourselves? Most believers have a prayer list that includes the lost, the sick, the dying, the hungry, the poor and needy; but where do we ourselves fit into that list?
Shockingly, when I thought about this recently, I realized that I have not prayed for myself in some time. I do not mean praying for forgiveness of sin, or coming to God in prayer with a repentant heart. No, I mean, I forget to pray for my own needs on a regular basis.
So what? Here is the thing: my relationship with my Heavenly Father suffers. He wants to do many good things for me, but first I must ask.
A very strange thing happened about four months ago. I was in a church service on the birth date of a family member and responded to the altar call at the end of the service. I went forward for prayer that God would bless me and that God would open doors causing astonishing things to happen in my life.
Within a few short months that same relative was diagnosed with cancer and asked me to visit during the cancer treatments to lend support. I did go; and we have basically been supportive of each other ever since; but I did not make the connection at all that this may be God’s answer to my altar call prayer. Probably because it was a door that I least expected that God would open. Only recently did I connect the dots to the birth date of my relative being the same date that I went forward to pray for myself in church. So the take away for me is that when I pray mostly for others and not for myself, I am very far from knowing God’s plan for my life or His calling upon me.
Praying for myself will draw me nearer to God – not praying for others (although I believe that intercessory prayer is truly His calling upon me). I cannot be led by the Holy Spirit to know God’s will for me unless I draw closer to Him in this manner.
Frankly, I am astonished at the rapid changes in my life in just the past four months – and all I did was pray for myself. If we ask God to open doors of His choosing, it’s a pretty good bet that He will give us a very important job.
For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
“I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” ~ Acts 13: 47 NIV
Ultimately, if we answer His calling, and walk through the open doors of His choosing, each of us really needs prayer to be equipped to perform God’s will. So let’s not forget to pray for ourselves. Amen brethren?
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