Remove the Guilt of Using Me in Your Prayers
By Alvin VanderGriendIs it OK to pray for yourself? Yes, absolutely yes! In fact, not only is it OK, the Bible commands it. I do not mean that we are to ask for anything and everything we want with the expectation that God will deliver on cue. Nor am I suggesting that we focus our asking on creature comforts, material prosperity, or earthly pleasures. Scripture urges us to ask for the things that God wants for us—the spiritual riches that will enhance, strengthen, and beautify our lives in Christ. And in asking, we are praying the best things possible for ourselves!
Life-changing DiscoveryMy life was forever changed the day I discovered this simple yet profound truth. It happened as I prepared to preach a sermon on 1 John 5:14–15. The first line reads, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to [in accord with] his will, he hears us” (bracketed material added). As I worked through the original Greek of this text I discovered three important things.
- First, the Greek verb for ask means “continue to ask.”
- Second, that same verb means “ask [for ourselves].”*
- Third, the word hear means “agree to grant.”
- Lord, make me a man of prayer.
- Lord, make me a man of the Word.
- Lord, help me to share my faith.