Find Out if Selfishness Fuels Your Prayer Life


To see if you’ve got some kind of selfish yuck motivating your prayers here’s a question for you: What fuels your prayer life?

Pain?
Needs?
Trials?

Try This One:
Selfishness. Your prayers are all about you. No? Maybe? Let's look a little closer at what fuels your prayers by discovering the different "levels" of your prayer life.

Level 1 Prayer Life - Is all about you. You pray for your needs. Not so much for others. These are "What's in it for me prayers." The buck stops with you.

Level 2 Prayer Life - You pray for you + those closest to you. You and your inner circle. A little broader than the first, so that's progress.

Level 3 Prayer Life - You are other-focused. You sincerely love others outside your family and the world around you. You feel the pain of national crisis, your heart breaks for injustice, you look out for the needy and it fuels you to pray. And you do this because you know you can make a difference if you pray for more than just yourself.

Level 4 Prayer Life - You are directed by God to pray for the things that are on his heart. Your heart cries, "Break my heart Lord for the things that break your heart. May I be an instrument of change bringing about your will to the world at large."

Is your prayer life on level 1,2,3, or 4?
The answer will tell you what fuels your prayers. If it's level 1 or 2, don't fret, just try to stretch your prayers beyond yourself a little everyday. No beating yourself up. You're a work in progress. Gradually take the plunge and spend some time praying for others. As you do, you will be changing people's lives...and yours!

Ephesians 6:18 NLT
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

To make it easier you can make a list so you can remember people who have needs. I sometimes make 3 to 4 columns in my prayer journal. A column for each prayer level. As I learn about prayers that have been answered for those on my list, I check them off. And that gives me fuel for thankfulness.

So now the question isn't, "What fuels your prayer life?" It's, “What's going to fuel your prayer life?"

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