Don’t Forget Yourself!
Our Daily Bread
Today’s Reading: John 17:1–5
“Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” —John 17:5
Are you surprised that Christ’s high-priestly prayer in John 17 began with a petition for himself? He was at the most crucial moment of His earthly life; soon He would take up the cross and bear the punishment for the sins of the world. His concern for others was obvious. He would specifically mention His disciples. Then He would intercede for His church, which would endure great persecution through the centuries. But first He prayed for himself.
Some Christians think it’s wrong to pray for themselves. However, we shouldn’t feel guilty about bringing our own needs and concerns to the Lord. A girl listened carefully to her mother’s prayers and said, “Mom, you’re always praying for somebody else. You never pray for yourself, but I think you should.” She was right, for we do need to ask the Lord for His guidance, forgiveness, patience, and grace.
When you spend time in God’s presence, tell Him about your hopes, your worries, your desires, and your needs. He’ll help you see things more clearly and give you the needed direction. As you go to the Lord in prayer, pray for others. But don’t forget yourself.
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