“What is the number one thing I can do for you today?”
Honestly, I would tell you, pray for me.
Think about it. What greater, more powerful gift can you possibly give anyone than a selfless, heartfelt prayer?
I say selfless because…
Not so many years ago my prayers were more selfish than selfless.
I might pray for God to make an ever so slight adjustment in a family member, believing it was best for (me) them. I could see so clearly all their need-for-change places.
You know what I mean? Ahem, I bet you do.
But most of those life modifications were not for me to decide, and God knew that so He answered some of my narrow-minded prayers to show me just how wrongly directed they were.
Some lessons are hard learned.
These days I make it a habit to pray for my husband, sons, and daughter-in-laws every morning and if they don’t have a specific need, I pray Scripture over them. Praying God’s Word keeps my motives in check. My desire for my family is for them to be everything God wants them to be. Praying God’s Word keeps me from praying everything I might want them to be… at this moment.
Because I sometimes have a skewed perspective, I pray by God’s directive.
I’ve found praying for God’s will is a whole lot better than praying for mine.
This is how I do it. I insert my family member’s name right into the Scripture.
From Ephesians 1:17 – Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You will give Whitney the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that she may know You better. I pray that the eyes of Whitney’s heart may be enlightened in order that she may know the hope to which You have called her, the riches of Your inheritance in Your holy people, and the incredible great power for all of us who believe.
From Philippians 1:9-11 – And this is my prayer God, that Jamie’s love would abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that she may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ.
From 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 – Dear God I pray for Lil David and Aaron that You may make them worthy of Your calling and that by Your power You may bring to fruition every desire for goodness they have and every deed prompted by their faith. I pray that the name of the Lord Jesus will be glorified in them and them in You according to Your grace.
From 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – I pray Lord Jesus that You who love us and by Your grace give us eternal encouragement and hope, will encourage David’s heart and strengthen him in every good deed and word.
What better way to petition for those closest to us than with God’s divine perspective. From His Word.
Instead of praying for my family to be more like me (God forbid!) I pray for them to be more like Jesus. And that’s far better for everyone. Amen!
If you would like more Scripture to use in your prayers try this website.
Now, this is my prayer for you today: From 2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now I pray that the Lord of peace give you my friends, peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord be with all of you. Amen.
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God in every bump and twist in the road.