Session 8

Pray for yourself

From Teach Us To Pray: A 21-Day Prayer Guide

We don’t think twice when someone asks us to pray for them. Yet when it comes to praying for ourselves, we don’t always take that same stance. 

Instead, we buy this lie that praying for ourselves is rude or selfish. We worry God will see us as needy or laugh at our dreams. We treat Him like He’s one of us when nothing could be farther from the truth.

It is not selfish to pray for yourself. Praying for yourself is part of being fully surrendered and obedient to God. How can we know God if we don’t talk with Him about what matters to us?

God is a loving Father who wants to hear from His children. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” No thought is too small or insignificant to bring to Him. 

  • How does it feel to know that you can talk to God about anything?
  • How have you seen God meet needs big and small? Thank God for how He’s demonstrated His care and concern for all aspects of your life. 
  • Have any areas of your life been off-limits to God?
  • Is there anything weighing you down that you don’t feel comfortable bringing to God? What is holding you back from praying about it? 
  • Are there any lies you’ve believed about what prayer should be that are stopping you from experience what prayer can be? 
  • What’s one practical, tangible way you need God’s help today? Consider what was on your mind when you opened this entry or what’s on your calendar for later. 
  • Are there burdens you’re carrying relationally, financially, or emotionally? What do you need in each of those areas?
  • One of the gifts that can come from complete honesty with God is complete intimacy with God. Take a moment to pray Psalm 139:23-24 out loud. Embrace the stillness as you wait for God to respond. 

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Session 1

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Pray for Fuse

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Session 4

Pray for your leaders

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Session 5

Pray for the kingdom

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Session 6

Pray for your campus

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Session 7

Pray for your family

No two families are identical, yet our heavenly Father had His hand in creating each and every one. Family was God’s design. Just as He c...

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Session 8

Pray for yourself

We don’t think twice when someone asks us to pray for them. Yet when it comes to praying for ourselves, we don’t always take that same st...

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Session 9

Pray for salvation, freedom, purpose, and family

In Exodus 6, God promises to save Israel from slavery. He promises to free them and redeem them, to make them His people and bring them i...

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Session 10

Pray for increase

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Session 11

Pray for KidSpring

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Session 12

Pray for our gatherings

God did not design us to go through life alone. Adam had Eve. Jesus had the disciples, and the early church had each other.We can learn a...

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Session 13

Pray for your workplace or school

God created work, and He cares about your work. Whether you work in your home, in an office, or by going to school, there’s a plan and pu...

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Session 14

Pray for your friends

Who would you be without your friends? No, really. Think about it for a second. Who are the friends who shaped how you see the world...

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Session 15

Pray for racial reconciliation

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Session 16

Pray for Rally

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Session 17

Pray for missions

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Session 18

Pray for revival

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Session 19

Pray for your finances

If you grew up in church, there’s a good chance you heard one of two approaches to money — either that money is evil or that money is a b...

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Session 20

Pray for your future

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Session 21

Pray for healing

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