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Changed: Pray for Yourself

by in Soul Food

"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding." (Colossians 1:9)

How should you pray for yourself? Yes, you could pray a million different things. But how should you pray for yourself about your spiritual life? Do you ever pray for your own spiritual growth — or maybe the spiritual growth of a friend who is getting serious about following Jesus?

It's a great idea to pray for yourself and others this way. How? Notice how Paul said he prayed for the Colossians when he heard about their Jesus-following faith and love taking off. The first thing he said he asked God was to help these growing believers know God's will.

Why? Getting to the point in your Christian life where you're willing to do God's will for you is one step. The next one is to figure out what His will for you is. Paul asked God to provide "spiritual wisdom" and "understanding" so these Christians could figure out God's will. Are you looking for God's wisdom? Are you asking Him for it?

Think: On a scale from 1 to 10, how willing are you right now to do God's will for you? On that same scale, how confident are you that you know God's will for you today?

Pray: Ask God to "fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding."

Do: Read Romans 12:1-2 and notice how those two verses teach us to find God's "good, pleasing and perfect will."

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