Several years ago we had missionaries visit our church. They came to bring a report about what they’d been doing on the mission field where they serve. When asked what specific prayer we could be praying for them they had a quick answer.
You might imagine they asked that we pray for protection. Maybe they wanted us to pray for their finances or the current projects they were working to accomplish. But that’s not what they asked for.
Do you pray on a regular basis? Do you ask God to meet your needs? There isn’t a thing wrong with that. He tells us to pray for what we need and he will provide for us.
Do you pray for the needs of your friends, your community and the events happening in the world? That’s good too. God tells us to pray for those around us.
While all of those prayers are absolutely in line with what God has said we should pray, there is another prayer that is perhaps even more important than any of those. And actually, if we prayed this prayer, we would be addressing all those other prayer needs at the same time.
What is this prayer? What did these missionaries ask for when the request was for specific, personal prayer? Without hesitation, they asked this.
“Pray that God will use my life.”
Period. Nothing more.
How long has it been since you simply asked God to use your life? No restrictions, no directions about HOW He chooses to use it. Just the offering of your life for His service.
“Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4:11 (NASB)