I don’t normally go on twitter first thing in the morning – but often I check e-mail. That’s when I saw I had a new follower – I’m up to eight – thank you Catriona. But once there – you probably know how it goes – you click on things that can render you ineffective and unproductive for a good-morning-God-Time. However, today was different. I saw a tweet from Nancy Lee DeMoss telling you what she prays for herself. It was very good – and it made me want to do my own top ten – which I did – and here it is. That’s the sort of God-Time I can totally get into!
In reflection, this is what I often pray for — hoping to become:
1. One of God’s intimates – Years ago I read in Bruce Demarest’s book – Satisfy your Soul – that God doesn’t have favorites, but he indeed does have intimates – ever since – I’ve asked God if I can be one of his intimates.
2. A Self-Controlled Woman. This one comes up way too often. And I find that I often lose the battle.
3. To represent Christ well.
4. To practice the ninefold fruits well. One of my favorite books (After You Believe) of the decade says this: “Faith, hope, love and the ninefold fruit are things which demand to be practiced, learned, and made habitual together.
5. The Nearness of God. I love to feel God’s Spirit. I don’t want to just know him in my head – I want to feel him in my heart.
6. His leading. I often think I’m going in my own strength once I finish my morning God-Time. Hence, I often close my prayers with “Lead on O King Eternal.”
7. Make me into the kind of woman You enjoy rejoicing over. I can’t help but think about that stadium filled with saints – and that verse in Zephaniah (3:17) where the Lord will rejoice over you with singing – and C.S.Lewis’ quote that we are working on becoming everlasting splendors.
8. Don’t let me be a heretic – and lead anyone astray. In my current vocation, I have young women who come to me daily for guidance. And I am not your typical black and white type thinker – I love being “grey” in my thinking and landing on the fence with many issues that are not salvific in nature – “all things to all people” sorta woman – that’s me. Hence, “Lord, don’t let me be a heretic.”
9. Help me to love those I have a hard time loving. This is a biggy for me. And probably the one I fail at the most.
10. That I bring Glory to God alone. Wow – can I get in the way of this one. Not that it’s my love language – that would be “time” – but affirmation is so lovely – and wouldn’t it be nice if we only needed the applause of One?
11. Make me a grateful woman always. I would have to say that my prayers/conversations with God are more in the gratitude category than the petition category. I know I am a blessed woman.
12. Keep me from evil. How could I forget this one?! One week later I am adding #12 to my top ten. Because I just prayed it. As a child, my mom would do our prayers with us. This is the one request I remember the most. I didn’t even know what evil was – and my childlike brain thought “eagle.” To this day i realize how very much God has answered this prayer.
So, with this said – regards my petitions/prayers – thank you Nancy Lee DeMoss for the inspiration – I have one further comment – my prayers are more like conversations – they are very self-absorbed in nature – and filled with gratitude and repentance and begging God to let me be a part of his kingdom advancing activities on earth.
If you are interested in Nancy’s list, here it is for your convenience: Revive our Hearts.
So, what do your personal, self-indulgent prayers look like?