Sometimes we go through what we call “survival” times in our lives. Whether you just had a new addition to your family, lost a loved one, or happen to be in another difficult season of your life, it’s easy to find ourselves simply praying for survival. “Lord, help me eat. Lord, help me sleep.” Or for those caring for others, they might pray, “Lord, help them eat. Lord, help them sleep.”
While we should pray about everything and God definitely cares about these prayers, at some point, our prayers should go beyond simply survival prayers. Eventually, as we progress out of survival stage, hopefully our prayer lives advance as well. “Lord, fill me up so I can pour into others.” Or for those caring for others struggling to survive, “Lord, help them eat and sleep well so they can be used of You for Your glory!”
Psalm 51:13 NASB “Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You.”
In Psalm 51, David prays multiple things. However, in verse 13, he explains why He desires these things. “Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You.” David desires his relationship with God to be restored so that he can bring others to know God. We all go through survival times where we need more than we’re able to give. Yet part of our motivation and prayer for moving beyond simply surviving, should be to get to a place where we can once again honor and glorify God.
Do you tend to pray survival prayers only? Or do you pray spiritual prayers only? Consider praying both. “Lord, help me eat and sleep well so that I can be at my best to honor and glorify You in all You’ve called me to this day. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
This is an excerpt taken from my upcoming book.