|Praying for yourself:|
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. (NIV) Psalm 63:1-3
Father, You are my God. I want to echo what the psalmist is saying, I want seek after You. I want You to give me the desire to know You better. I have experienced Your presence in my life, I have experienced Your power, have everything that I do today bring honor and glory to Your name and reputation. For I know that the love that You have extended to me is better than life itself!
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV) Ephesians 4:29
Father, do not allow any type of unwholesome talk or words to come out of my mouth today. Instead, have all my words be helpful to build others up according to their needs. . . and may everything that I say today benefit everyone who hears.
|Praying for others:|
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV) 2 Pet 1:5-8
Father, have my child make every effort to add to their faith. . . add goodness and knowledge to his\her faith. . . add self-control and perseverance to his\her faith. . . and add godliness, kindness, and love in increasing measure so that he\she is effective and productive in their life for You.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Father, I know that You are the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Please comfort my friend in all his\her troubles and suffering. Make Your comfort so real in his\her life that he\she knows that it is coming from You. . . and in turn will be equipped to comfort others who are going through similar troubles. Your Word says that just as the suffering of Christ flows into our lives, His comfort overflows in us also.