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.
OK, maybe I do know the reason. It's guilt.
I feel guilty for praying for myself.
I don't know when or why I started feeling this way, but it's there. Quietly whispering that I'm being selfish and should be lifting others up first and more so.
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?
As women, wives, moms, ministry leaders, and business owners - our schedule is full. We cannot fully give of ourselves the way God would want us to if we are not first filled up with Him.
God does not reject prayers for ourselves.
He does turn away from prayers of conceit and selfishness.
I now fully believe that I cannot fully give of myself to God, if I am not praying for myself in biblical fashion.
I can humbly but boldly come to our Heavenly Father with thanksgiving, laying at His feet my petitions. (Hebrews 4:16 & Philippians 4:6)
Next time the enemy whispers guilt and shame in my ears I will fight back with the scriptures that tell me the truth. The truth being God wants me to talk to Him, trust Him, rest in Him, believe in Him and pray to Him. All without guilt and shame.
Ladies, let's remember God thrills to hear our voices!
You pray for you.