Dave Acree is our Prayer and Spiritual Life Catalyst. This is a welcome to the monthly Prayer Calendar which we publish to promote prayer throughout the EFCC family. If you would like to receive the Prayer Calendar by e-mail, you can sign up for it on this page, or you can see the latest copy here.
If you took note of all your prayers in a given week and analyzed them, what would your prayer life look like? Would your praying be more God-focused, other-focused or self-focused?
Few of us want to be characterized as selfish, about anything. Think about it. “Selfish” is different from “self-focused.” The difference is in degree. If we are mostly focused on ourselves with little thought for others, we move towards selfishness.
With that in mind, what about your praying? Might you be a selfish pray-er? Are your prayers almost always focused on your own needs with little thought for God or others?
Let’s be clear, a call for unselfish prayer is not a call for selfless prayer. We are to bring our needs and requests to the Lord. Also, let’s be cautious about setting up a hierarchy of priorities; something like God first, others second, and me last. Realities of life and circumstances will often reveal the shortcomings of such a system.
I am calling all of us to unselfish prayer.
Here is what I mean. Two words sharing the letter “f” make up the word “selfish.” I am suggesting that we move away from a focus on “self” to a focus on “fish.” Remember what Jesus said to Peter and Andrew in Matthew 4:19. “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people.” (NLT) I am calling us to go fishing with our prayers, to pray people to Jesus.
Ask God to place some people on your heart. They can be neighbours, friends, family, anybody. Wait until you sense that God is pointing them out to you.
Begin to pray for them. Ask God to be present in their lives and to reveal himself to them. Never give up on them. Keep praying, expecting God to work in his timing.
Care for them. Love them; become involved in their lives where possible. Treat them as people you love not projects to be saved.
Share with them. Live Jesus before them and be ready to speak the Gospel when it’s time.
I currently have ten people that I pray for and involve myself in their lives. What about you? Any yet? As you would say in the children’s card game, “Go fish!”