I have Tuesdays earmarked as the day to pray for personal needs each week.
Some months ago, I separated my prayer list into categories (missionaries, family and friends, church members, etc.), so that I could spend more focused, intentional time praying for fewer requests each day.
Tuesdays ended up being my “personal needs” day.
And every Tuesday, I struggle to come up with actual, honest-to-goodness material needs in my life.
After all, I am healthy, as is every member of my immediate family. I have happy kids who seem to have tender hearts toward the Lord. And my husband…he is so good to me: patient, generous, ever seeking to meet my needs – even when they are a mystery to me at times, never mind to him.
All of our material needs are met; though, as most families, we could always use a bit more disposable income for things like orthodontia and car insurance for teenagers. But my brother once kindly told me that my family seems to be living the American dream, demonstrating that hard work can bring about beautiful things.
I just don’t have any pressing needs – of a material nature, that is.
But spiritually? I find I have a lot to pray about in that area.
So, while my Tuesday prayers begin with gratitude for material blessings, they end with requests for forgiveness for sin, both public and private.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23, 24
(And by the way, asking God to truly “know my heart” can be a little scary. It’s not a pretty place.)
I beseech God to transform the less-than-charming aspects of my personality.
Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2b
I ask the Holy Spirit to control my thoughts and words, that I might say things that are kind, and that I might not complain or gossip.
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. – Psalm 141:3
I ask for optimism and energy to meet the needs of others in my life, when my natural self would prefer to be left alone, to fulfill my own pursuits.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil. – 1 Corinthians 13:4, 5
Perhaps I should pray for these things not just on Tuesdays, but every day.
How do you approach your prayer life? What are some of your “personal needs?” Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.