Healthy Effective Prayer
Today I want you to take time to pray for YOU...that's right, pray for yourself! Many times you can get so wrapped up in the needs of your friends and your families, your co-workers and your church folks that you forget the greatest asset you have...YOU!
You matter to God. And you ought to matter to you too! In John 17 Jesus showed us a formula for maintaining a healthy and effective prayer life. Read the chapter throughout the day...you can even break it down into breakfast, lunch and dinner sections. The first thing he did was to pray for himself. Praying for yourself is not selfish, it's crucial. If you are not steady and stable you will never be ready and able. Jesus showed you the process. He gave you and I permission to pray for ourselves.
Secondly, Jesus prayed for believers. Pray for those in the faith that are connected to you. Pray for those believers that are not directly connected to you but impacted by your life and calling. Pray for those that make decisions that affect your life and livelihood.
Lastly, Jesus prayed for those yet to believe. We exist on the planet to show others the way to Christ and when we pray for the lost, we will find ourselves attracted to them and find them drawn to the Christ in us too.
Prayer makes a difference and the difference is prayer! Be blessed!