by Cat (UK)
I ask for prayer to give me hope and direction. I have no idea what God wants me to do next. If its God’s will I would like to be an Art therapist but have no money to fund the fees.
I pray that if its God;s plan for me to follow this path that the money will come from somewhere.
I am often lonely even though I know many people. It seems that if I was no longer here I wouldn’t be missed. Its just how it feels sometimes.
I would like to have a good Christian man in my life but again if its God’s will.
Someone said that God likes specific requests not vague ones. So I ask for a man with charisma, dark in looks, integrity and great sense of humour, artistic and intelligent. Thanks you Lord.
I pray also that the years I have left on the earth will be useful to God’s Kingdom.
Return to A Prayer for Hope
My heart breaks for what breaks Yours. There are so many people in this world, and I know that You are waiting patiently for the lost to respond to Your love. My prayer, along with many others, is that the lost would find You and receive salvation. I especially lift up wives who are interceding for their husbands, praying faithfully that their husbands come to know You. Lord, we also pray for those loved ones in our lives who are living aimlessly. We pray that they would find purpose, purpose in You! May their lives be led by Your Holy Spirit to do great works, to inspire others, and to experience passion. Please Lord, infuse all of us with your purpose and passion in Jesus’ name AMEN!
A Prayer to Know Your Life Purpose
By: Noelle Kirchner
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21
The first step to discovering our purpose is surrender. This is a counter-intuitive step given the nature of most self-help literature today. We want to do something; to make something happen. But the spiritual path differs from this perspective. Vocation and life coaching experts Robert and Kim Voyle write, “Your life is not something you own. You did not create it and it’s not for you to tell it, or God, what it should be. You may however gratefully and humbly awaken to your life, discover its purpose and manifest it in the world.” To do so, we have to tune ourselves to the voice within and to our Creator.
The Bible says that our Creator formed us with purpose and intention. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably seen hard proof of this. Children can express tendencies and personalities that are unique to them instead of cultivated by you. We can raise each of our children the same way, and yet they can turn out so differently. Psalm 139 confirms this by testifying that our Creator God is at work forming us with a plan before birth.
Christian author Parker Palmer realized this not as a parent, but as a grandfather. He marveled at the unique tendencies of his granddaughter from birth and decided to start recording them in the form of a letter. Parker had experienced depression in his own life before reconnecting with his purpose, and he didn’t want the same thing to happen to his granddaughter. In his book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for The Voice of Vocation, he explains, “When my granddaughter reaches her late teens or early twenties, I will make sure that my letter finds its way to her, with a preface something like this: ‘Here is a sketch of who you were from your earliest days in this world. It is not a definitive picture – only you can draw that. But it was sketched by a person who loves you very much. Perhaps these notes will help you do sooner something your grandfather did only later: remember who you were when you first arrived and reclaim the gift of true self.’”
Whether it’s a rediscovery or kind of evolution, the spiritual life requires the time to discern and surrender when it comes to living our purpose.
Let’s pray now for a heart of surrender:
Lord, I surrender my life to you. I want to do something, to make something happen, all on my own strength, but I know without you I can do nothing. I know my life is not my own, it is yours to work through me. Lord, I am grateful for this life you’ve given me. You’ve blessed me with different gifts and talents. Help me understand how to cultivate those things to bring glory to your great name. Amen.
Editor’s Note: Portions of this devotional were taken from ‘How to Know Your Life Purpose’ by Noelle Kirchner. You can read that piece in full here.
You are probably asking the same question. Wise men say that God already knows our world prayers, our hearts. He already knows our desires as humans. So, why is it we need to pray? With all the blessings and good things God has done for us, He deserves our prayer for thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, saying thank you won’t suffice how much He has done for us. But for Him, a grateful heart is enough.
Why pray? The Bible says the prayer of a righteous person is effective and powerful, When two or more agree together in prayer then something extraordinary happens. It is part of a divine-human communication. According to the Bible, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). The Bible taught all daily pray to Lord and no need for explanations. However, read further to discover the essence of praying and uttering a prayer of praise to God.
We need to utter a prayer of praise to God as a sign of our gratitude for His greatness. We pray to God for us to find our ultimate purpose in life. The Lord surely has plans for every single individual in the world. With our prayers, we can be guided by the Holy Spirit in our journey in life. He is always willing to guide those who ask for His guidance and protection. On the other hand, it is also important to pray to God so that He can guide us in decision making, specifically if you need to make big and important decisions in life.
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