Sometimes, when we pray for others, it’s hard to figure out how to balance our personal lives with our prayer life and our prayers for others. Some of us might find it difficult to do so, but, thankfully, God’s Word is here to guide us in doing so.
There are a few things in the Bible that can help us figure out how to find this balance. Some of these things include:
- Devote yourselves to prayer.
- Be watchful.
- Be thankful.
- Be joyful in hope.
- Be patient in affliction.
- Be faithful in prayer.
Paul wrote in Colossians 4:2 to, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Romans 12:12 also mentions to, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Although it seems that this guide to balancing our personal lives with our prayer life seems like additional work, as we intercede for others in prayer, God has already blessed us with the gift of being able to do all these things.
By being part of your church’s prayer ministry or by listening to prayer requests and praying over them, you are “devoting yourselves to prayer.”
When we request prayer over others we are already “being watchful” by paying attention to the needs of others.
We are “being thankful” when we hear about how the Lord has answered our prayer requests.
We are “joyful in hope” when we celebrate with fellow prayer warriors as they share their praise reports about prayers.
We “pray patiently” when we hear a prayer request that may dishearten us in that moment.
Most of all, we “pray faithfully” when we hear all the prayer requests that are being shared and we make the decision to pray over them at the moment or when we make time to sit with God.
The next time you feel discouraged that you may not be balancing your personal life with your prayer life, look back at God’s word and let Him show You how.
Lord, we thank you again for allowing us to have Your Word be our guide. We continue to pray for Your guidance in balancing our personal lives with our prayer lives. We ask that You show us the best way to devote ourselves to You in prayer and we thank you for the opportunity to speak with You through prayer, Lord. Amen!