Pray for yourself

When it comes to praying, it is known that the majority of people pray for others but not for themselves. Whether it’s on television or real life; there is a specific phrase that many repeat. “Me? Why would I bother Him about me? I don’t want to bother Him with my problems.” This is very common. Believers (especially born again Christians) tend to ask for family, friends and their surroundings and have the mentality that they are too heavy to be prayed for. This means that their problems are way too much that one feels they will only be disturbing Him.

Reality

Truth is, we must pray for ourselves first. We must ask God to forgive us for our mistakes, bless us and protect us. It is very important for one to pray for themselves because it’s your own life. Are you waiting for someone else to pass by and pray for you? How will your issues go away if you don’t pray for yourself? “Well, God knows my problem and He should fix it.” Is this your mentality? That is what one usually thinks but; that is not how it works. Yes, He knows our problems but, He won’t fix it out of nowhere. There are times He will have grace upon us but He also has mercy. He is waiting for us to seek his mercy.

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Psalm 5:3

After Praying

The solution won’t always be right away. At times, it takes a while to hear from God because one must go through trials to learn from both, Him and life. So don’t expect your issues to be removed right away. Nor expect the solution to your issue to appear because you prayed 1 time. Literally one time. You must have consistency with the prayer. No, you are not being selfish for asking for yourself as you pray. Get this through your head.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

1 John 5:14

Heavenly father,  I thank you for waking me up today. I ask for your forgiveness; there is oh so much I need to learn. I ask you to bless me and protect me. Place me in the cup of your hands and send an angel to protect me wherever I go. Help me see life with my spiritual eyes and not my flesh. I thank you for everyone you place in my path; for everyone has a purpose in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. “

Hebrew 11:1

Give yourself one reason why you think you do not deserve to be prayed for; whatever that reason was, you are wrong.  

If you do not know how to pray, please read: How to pray

14 Responses

  1. Philip Verghese Ariel says:

    Hi Linds,
    what a joy to be here today. It is indeed a joy to meet yet another like-minded person from the world of the Internet. I partially agree with you that most often many just pray for their well-being and least bothered about others well- being. Of course, we need to pray for our needs, but at the same time, it is good and well acceptable to pray more for others. That is what we understand from the Word of God. We can see several such examples.
    Thanks for dropping by and for the comment.
    Keep sharing, keep visiting.
    May God help you to spread His words thru these pages.
    All good wishes with Prayer and Love.
    ~ Phil

  2. Abayomi says:

    Great article on pray for your self,you remind me of Mathew 7:7 which says ask and it shall be given unto you,seek and you shall find;knock, and it shall be opened unto you,this is the word of the lord that we must practice every day by praying for ourselves,because it was an order to us to pray and if we pray according to His will He hear us,sometimes we forget about ourselves and pray for others,thank you for this reawakening message,thank you for sharing it.

  3. MissusB says:

    How come you were right to know that I seldom pray for myself? My usual prayer is about the safety of my family from harm. Sometimes, if any of my friends or relatives are having a hard time I pray for petition that they may overcome their obstacles and that their burdens may be lifted. I feel like if I pray for myself, and then ask for something is too much favor. O know that He has immense love for everyone but I think there are more people who need His attention. Yes, it’s pretty much like I don’t want to ask for too much that’s why Praying for others is more important, and praying for myself is a reservation – only good when it’s badly needed. I am too embarrassed to ask. 

    Your spiritial post just enlightened me. My reasons are not acceptable. Praying for one’s self is a gift. It gives you more strength to live day by day in the Light of God. Thank you for being an instrument of wisdom.

  4. Dr. Baker says:

    I absolutely LOVED this article! Typically, my prayer time in the evenings consists of thanking God for things that He has blessed me with and add special requests for friends and family. But… my morning times… they are AMAZING. Every morning on the way to work, that is MY time! I always thank the Lord for allowing me to waken and ask him to hold my hand throughout the day at work! What a difference this has made!!!

  5. Jordan Smith says:

    Linda, this is a very good call for everyone. Most times, I find myself praying for other people, but not praying to God for my personal needs. I can’t say in particular why a lot of people do that (I’ve asked several people this same question, and found out that I’m not alone). I always thought it to be very selfish to pray just for myself and my own needs, but you know what, there is a wisdom in praying for one selves and also for strength, so that we can be able to support others who also need Gods Wisdom support and Love.

    Awesome write-up Linda.

    Regards!

  6. Jordan Smith says:

    Linda, this is a very good call for everyone. Most times, I find myself praying for others, but not asking God to meet my personal needs. I’m not sure why many people do that (I’ve asked several people this same question, and found out that I’m not alone). I always thought it to be selfish to pray for myself and own needs, but you know what, there is wisdom in praying for strength for ourselves so that we can be able to support others who also need His Wisdom support and Love.

    Awesome write-up Linda.

    Regards!

  7. Monalisha says:

    Hi Linda 

    Thanks for sharing such an important and amazing post with us about pray for yourself. You are absolutely right that the majority of people pray for others but not for themselves. By reading your post I realised that we must pray for ourselves first then for others. I think pray is the way to make a good relationship with God. 

    Thanks again. I’ll share this post with my friends and family. 

  8. Wayne says:

    It is so true, isn’t it Linda.  People miss that all the time.  I’m one of them.  To read it from your point of view, it makes perfect sense.

    I pray for help through the day for both of US, (my wife and I), and over the meal and for others but never for myself. 

    Time to make a change in my thinking and trust Him, trust His word, start including me.  I would love to see some things disappear from my life. 

    Thank you, Linda.  You’ve opened my eyes,

    Wayne

  9. AirplaneJane says:

    Thank you Linda. It is a great reminder to pray for ourselves. I read it on mobile and I loved the different colors in the different segments. I believe everything happens for a reason and reading this gives me a great sense of positivity to put my worries into the hands of God and faith. As you said we learn from Him and Life. Everything that happens is a blessing and or a lesson. Later in life we usually see how it might have seemed as a lesson but was really a blessing. Bless you and your family and thank you for reminding us to pray for ourselves too.

  10. Wilson says:

    This article is quite the inspiration. Although I don’t belong to any religious institutions, I have studied and learned to value the importance of sacredness and faith in a higher meaning. 

    “In the event of an emergency, please put on your oxygen mask before assisting others.” as they tell you before every flight on an airplane. This is because we are of no use to other people if we ourselves are not cared for. 
    Therefore, it is important to look past pride and remember that we still need to work on ourselves before being too eager to reach out to others with our advice and even criticisms. Consistency in this practice is the only way we grow and become abundant. 
    I got a lot meaning out of this article! It’s got me thinking about the importance of prayer and positive affirmations. Thank you! 

  11. Mecyll Gaspary says:

    Many people tend to pray more of the macro scale than to themselves. They think God doesn’t like to listen to their woes without knowing that God Himself want them to say it, declaring it to Him. It’s selfishness in their definition. Yet, it’s not.

    Your post reminds us to pray for ourselves and for our sake to become God’s living influence to others, showing them the value of love, faith, and patience of God to others. Kudos for writing this content to keep us reminded of what we tend to forget all the time. 🙂

  12. 207Connie says:

    I think your right on how much of a burden we think we are. There’s a phrase we receive not because we ask not. We can pray for ourselves as if it’s going to happen, then we believe it will on God’s timing. I enjoyed the article. Its so uplifting. 🙂

  13. coralie says:

    This is so true. We always pray for other people, but somehow we always seem to forget about ourselves.  I have to say that I actually do pray for myself at times, so I guess I have already taken your wonderful advice.  Your posts are really very well written and done in such a great way. I am blessed t have read them 🙂

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