Praying for Myself

Recently, I was chastised by a prayer partner because I prayed something for myself. “You can’t do that!” she exclaimed! “It’s not Godly.”

I beg to differ, especially considering that Jesus even prayed for himself.

He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face. (Luke 22:41-44)

If Jesus needed to pray for himself, then I think he would approve of each of us praying for ourselves. I’ve listed a few worthy self-prayers.

Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me. Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about. See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong, then guide me on the road to eternal life. (Psalm 139:23-24)

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).

If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. the other hand, if we admit our sins—simply come clean about them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. (1 John 1:9)

Stay tune for more self-prayers tomorrow.

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