toward application: prayer for self

Matter: “Aside from forgiveness, how ought I to pray for myself? I need guidance.”

Means: A friend of mine, Timothy Archer, has addressed this very matter extremely well. Reproduced below is his prayer. Pray like this for it reflects the fruit we long to bear in abundance, the fruit of God’s Spirit.

My Father, through Your Holy Spirit, in Your Son’s name, I ask …

… help me choose love rather than resentment,
… help me choose joy over bitterness,
… help me live peace in a world of turmoil,
… help me to be patient with others as You are patient with me,
… help me to be known for kindness not harshness,
… help me to seek goodness not success,
… help me be faithful to You above all,
… help me to be gentle, especially with those who disagree with me,
… help me practice self-control, letting You control me.

May Your Spirit produce His fruit in me.

Amen.