I’ve used my Facebook page a number of times in the past few years to present personal prayer needs, but for 2014 I’m choosing the MfC blog. The more fellow believers that know about my struggles with sin and are willing to pray for me in any frequency and capacity as a result…the greater likelihood that I’ll experience victory. This isn’t a “magic bullet” of course, but prayers are absolutely powerful and working. Based on reflections in 2013, and knowing what my besetting sins are in general, the list below is how you might intercede for me. Use the information how you deem best. If you would like to share anything that I can pray for in particular regarding the coming year, please don’t be shy and offer a responding comment.
How you can pray for me, Justin, in 2014
- That I would develop a more consistent prayer life.
I Thessalonians 5:17a — Pray without ceasing,
- Scripture memorization was basically non-existent for me in 2013. That needs to change in 2014.
Psalm 119:1 — I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
- That I would do a much better job of putting into practice the principles I encounter in daily Bible reading.
James 1:23-25 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
- That my words would build up, and love.
Ephesians 4:29 — Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
- That I would strive for purity in all things and interactions, especially in mind.
Psalm 119:9 — How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
I Timothy 4:12 — Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Philippians 4:8 — Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
- This is very tough for me to confess, but I need to be a much better servant-leader at home…in basically every way. If you pray for any one thing, this is a biggie! Many struggles here. Lots of selfishness. So difficult to mortify! Desperate for grace!
Ephesians 5:25 — Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
Colossians 3:19 — Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
Yes, a lengthy list, because I am a filthy sinner. Suggesting anything less would be self-deception. You can choose one, or the whole lot. It doesn’t matter to me. Please just pray for something. I would be eternally grateful for your labor of intercession! And by all means, at some point in 2014 feel free to ask me how any of these sin battles are panning out. Accountability is key!
See you in 2014, and thank you for your encouragement!
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