Sometimes God takes his time molding me and revealing areas I need to let go/pour into, sometimes the revelation takes only a moment, but every time the result is the same: life change. Over the years, me and God have had plenty of chats where He graciously reminds me that I still have plenty to work on in my journey to be like Him. Recently the topic was selfishness…
I am a firm believer that prayer is essential. Even in the tiniest life decisions represents an opportunity to come before God, refocus your heart, and acknowledge that your Creator is in control (this was also a previous lesson I had to learn). But what is gained when your prayer life consists only of yourself?
Before I continue, let me say this: there is nothing wrong with praying for yourself. It’s absolutely crucial that you pray for help when you need it, guidance when making a decision, clarity when faced with confusion, strength to stand through a storm raging around you, and praise when he reveals his answer…
but it shouldn’t stop there.
This may seem like common sense, and you’re right. It should be common sense to pray for other people in need, but so often we (especially me) get caught up in what is happening in our life that taking the time to prayer for someone else falls to the list of things we’ll “get to tomorrow.”
So enough about me; I want to spend the rest of this post praying for you. I pray these words find their way into your heart, along with the source of every good thing. Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever season of life you find yourself in, these are for you:
I pray you know that you are so loved. Deeply, wholly, unconditionally, and eternally loved.
I pray you find your worth in Jesus and not in how you compare to the “flawless” girls on Instagram. He gave his life to pay the price of your mistakes to make you a flawless child of God. There is no greater worth.
I pray you seek the Lord in every moment, for he has a perfect plan for your life that he is patiently waiting to reveal to you step-by-step.
I pray you find joy. The kind of joy that goes beyond happiness and cannot be altered by your current circumstances.
I pray you find peace. Whatever your situation, whatever your heartache. I pray you find peace in the midst of it.
I pray you find strength to get back up, to keep moving forward, to walk away, or to accomplish whatever it is you have been fighting so hard to finish.
I pray you thank God for both the good times and the bad, because he works through both.
I pray you find healing. Mentally, physically, or spiritually.
I pray you find hope in the greatness of our God and that you hold tight to him and his promises through any battle you face.
I pray you trust Him when he says he will be steadfast at your side through every season of life.
I pray you remain confident in your salvation and the inheritance promised to you when you chose to follow Christ.
I pray you give him all the praise and glory when he reveals himself to you and through you (and he will at just the right moment because his timing is perfect).
I pray that when you feel overwhelmed and your whole life seems to be crashing around you, you remember that you are not alone and you can find rest in the shelter of our Savior.
I pray you never lose sight of the presence of God and the knowledge that you are loved, you are forgiven, and you are beautiful because God has made you so.
In reading these, I hope you found what it is you needed to find, or even just took a step towards finding that thing. My final prayer is that if you have a specific request or need, you reach out to someone. Whether it be to me or to someone you feel more comfortable with, please reach out. There is power in praying to the God who always listens, and so much comfort can be found in knowing someone is praying with you and for you.