This is Day 2 of my 30 day "cease and desist" order of praying for myself, choosing instead to focus on worship and intercessory prayer in my prayer life.
Wow, it is very, very difficult not to pray for yourself. I had to start asking myself, "Does this qualify as praying for myself? How about this? Or this?" I'm not trying to be legalistic. That was not the goal.
I was working tonight on the lesson that I will teach on Wednesday to the ladies in recovery, getting nowhere. If I pray for guidance, is that praying for myself? (I decided no, it wasn't.)
It's the "give me, teach me, show me, help me" prayers I'm avoiding.
Hmmm ... is this crazy?
The Bible says that God knows my every need before I even ask it, so surely I can trust God to give, teach, show and help me during the remaining 28 days while I focus more on loving him and loving others.
It's ... interesting ... and challenging. Lord, give me strength! (Oops!)