Seven Simple Prayers that Have Changed My Life
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jamie Morgan, a member of the AG Prayer Committee, recently shared with AG News daily prayers that have impacted her life and ministry. Morgan serves as lead pastor of Life Church in Williamstown, New Jersey.
For the last 28 years, I have prayed everyday with a variety of prayers and requests; however, there are seven prayers that stand out among the rest. Although simple in nature, God has powerfully answered these prayers and has used them to produce spiritual growth and direction for my life.
Here are the seven simple prayers that have changed my life:
What is my purpose in life?
I began praying this as a new Christian and prayed it daily for years. God answered this prayer by encountering me with my call to the ministry 10 years after first uttering it. Because I persistently sought God’s will regarding my purpose, I am now living His dream for my life. As God revealed His call to Jeremiah, He also longs to reveal our unique call. Jeremiah 1:5 states, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations”
Anoint me for what I am called to do.
God’s empowerment on what we do for Him delivers supernatural results. I proactively prayed this long before my calling was revealed. I knew that whatever my purpose, I needed God’s power to do it. I am still desperate for God’s anointing, so I continue to pray this everyday. I want Luke 4:18 to be a reality in my life: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me . . .”
I need wisdom and discernment.
God’s perspective regarding every person and circumstance in my life proves invaluable. Daily, I ask God for uncommon wisdom and discernment. I pray this at the start of each day as well as throughout the day, as needed. I am grateful that wisdom is ours for the asking. As James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Root all selfishness and pride out of my life.
The opposition to the Kingdom of God is the “kingdom of me” and, oh boy, did I have a lot of me when I became born again! God answers this prayer by using the people and circumstances in my life to cause me to die to self and walk in Christ-like humility. This ongoing pruning process is painful but necessary to produce much fruit. James 4:6 reminds us that “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Increase my pain threshold.
Pain is inevitable in our Christian walk. I never want to draw a line in the spiritual sand and say, “No more pain!” If I do, I stymie my growth. I want to submit to God when He stretches me, takes me out of my comfort zone, and gives me needed correction. I always want the pain of rejection, the ache of forgiving someone who has wronged me, and the sting of persecution to make me more like Christ. As Paul promises in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
Grant me one divine appointment per day.
Winning a vast harvest of souls has always been my foremost concern. This is accomplished one person at a time. God really does answer this prayer! Consistently, God leads me to at least one unsaved person in order to bring them closer to receiving Christ as Savior. I marvel how He arranges divine encounters in the least likely of places and circumstances. After all, Jesus proclaims in Mark 1:17, “Come follow me . . . and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Expose what needs to be exposed, reveal what needs to be revealed, and bring into the light that which is kept in darkness.
Asking God to expose the adversary’s plots and plans is crucial in spiritual warfare. When God uncovers the enemy’s strategies against my life, He makes the invisible visible and the subtle blatant. This prayer can make the difference between victory and defeat in spiritual battle. As Ephesians 6:11 reminds us, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Prayer is a vital piece of the armor of God.
What life-changing prayers you have prayed? What prompted you to pray them? How has God answered them? What effect have they had on your spiritual growth?