We talked about How to Create a Prayer Strategy That Will Change Every Thing. But we have to start out by addressing the elephant in the room… did you see that elephant dart behind the chair hoping no one would notice and put it in its place? The truth is that we tend to pray for others far more than we pray for our selves. If we are going to have a Powerful Effective Prayer Strategy – one that reaches the throne room of Heaven and God answers – we must pray over our own life first.
Let me say it again…
To have a Powerful Effective Prayer Strategy I must pray over My Own Life First
It’s so easy to believe that God doesn’t see or is too busy to step into my everyday struggles and help, but the truth is so far from that! (Read more about How to replace the Lies We Believe About God here)
God sees. God cares. He is waiting for us to bring every need before Him. And yes, Sweet Child of the King, He loves to hear what you care about and need help with!
We have to step back into Matthew 22 for a moment. We are all familiar with the Greatest Commandment (and if you are not sure to click through to dig deeper ;))
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Have you ever noticed that little caveat at the end of 39?
Love your neighbor as you love yourself. To fulfill this part of Jesus Commandment really requires that we Love our-self. Okay, now we could easily launch into a debate about Self-Care and Self-Love or even Self-Discovery, but today I want us to focus on Prayer.
Just to hit self-care for a second thought – do you spend time with God every day? Do you struggle with anxiety? That is an area I really have a hard time with. I would love to give you a 40 day Reading & Journaling Plan through the topic of anxiety. It is my go-to when that familiar feeling creeps back in.
Do you love Yourself in your own life?
I wrestled with this for a lot of years. The list of mistakes I’ve made are miles long. The people that I have hurt way outnumber those I have helped. Countless were turned away from the gospel because of my 2-faced hypocritical living. I cringe to think that one day I will stand face to face with God and give an account of all that mess.
God’s grace is amazing. He forgave me -every single one of those heart-wrenching mistakes.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We are forgiven. Living a life where -even when we mess up – God sees Jesus blood covering us. Righteous we stand before Him – Holy because Jesus is Holy and He lives in us.
God loves you. He loves me. We get so focused on Loving God – that’s so important and loving others – but I see so many of us refusing to Love ourselves.
We are told to Pray over everything – and prayer leads to love
So even if you struggle to love yourself, when you pray over your own life you will begin to see it the way God does and Love will come!
Before we begin praying over our children and our spouse, our co-workers and our church lets cover ourselves in prayer.
There are so many things we can pray for ourselves. Over the Next few weeks I will take a list of things and walk through the Process we learned as we began:
Let’s review it here:
- Make a list of the things I am worried about in my own life
- Take that List to Google
- Write out the verses that apply to the situation
- Turn the verses into prayer and put them where I can read them through the day
I will be working through my own list and asking you to email me or comment on other things that can be added to bless the lives of other Women.
Things I pray over My Own Life
- A deeper hunger for the Word
- Ears that easily Hear God’s voice as He directs my life
- To Daily Forgive others and be less easily offended
- Live a Holy life set apart so my witness brings others to Christ
- Help to love others selflessly
- For added Wisdom in my Motherhood
- Direction in discipline our children
- Unity with my husband as we set boundaries in our home
- God’s spirit to reveal issues with our children before they become strongholds in their lives
- For God to do that so I don’t become a control freak and destroy relationships with my children.
- Guidance in mentoring our children so they walk as lifelong disciples
- To be molded into a godly wife regardless of my circumstances
- Clear direction for the ministry God has called me to
- For good, deep friendships and community to help me grow in faith
- Help to overcome the sin’s in my life
- Controlling Nature
These are just a few of the areas in my life that need daily Prayer. I hope by sharing them with you – and praying through them together with you we can grow. That way you can see how easy it is to find scripture and turn it into prayers that will change your Life!
Something Amazing Happens when I Pray Scripture over My Own Life
- I grow closer to God.
- Scripture memorization happens – without the tedious repetition and handwriting.
- My identity in Christ is solidified.
- Fear disappears and I am able to walk in my calling.
Did you know God has a calling in your life?
1 Peter 1:15-16 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
God has called you to… something. You calling will look different than my calling but it is just as important to the Kingdom of God.
Maybe God is calling you to raise your children well – to launch them into the World to change lives. He could be calling you to be a light as you work your 9-5 whatever it is. I love the idea of everyday missionaries – shining His light at Walmart and McDonald’s and Amazon and anywhere else He has put you to work.
God could be calling you to shine His love and forgiveness inside your marriage (easy, hard or mediocre) and if you are Married I bet He is.
Do you need some encouragement to keep pressing into God’s way of doing marriage? I’d love to give you a Free e-book to bless your marriage.
None of these things happen well without much prayer. We Live out our Calling 1000% better when we are covered in prayer – even if that means we are praying for our selves!
So let me ask you… Do you pray for your own life?
What are some areas you are struggling to pray right now?
If the things you are struggling with are not on my list, would you drop a comment with them or email me directly so I can add them on the list to write about in this series?