Sometimes God uses our time in prayer to change something about us—our desires, our perspective, our plans, our attitudes, our commitment level, and so forth. When we use Scripture as the basis of our prayer, we tap into God’s wisdom, we ask for His will to be done in our lives, and we cooperate with the Spirit’s cultivating work in our hearts and character.
Through prayer, we cooperate with the process of being conformed to the glorious likeness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The fruit, or effects of the Holy Spirit’s work, which are listed in the verses below, are followed by a prayer that may prove very fruitful:
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
~ Galatians 5:22-23a NASB
Love – Lord, by Your Holy Spirit, show me how to live so Your love shines through me. Help me to see others as You see them. Let me always put others first and love them as You love me.
Joy – Help me to live my life joyfully, so others will be drawn to You and will desire the joy only You can give. Let my joy in You increase day by day, and I give thanks for Your creation which brings us so much joy.
Peace – Thank You for the peace and comfort that the Holy Spirit brings when I am unsettled and upset. I welcome You into every area of my life. Help me to be a peacemaker, and help me to overcome fear with peace.
Patience – Cause me to show patience to others, as Christ shows patience to me. When I am misunderstood because of my faith in You, let me stand firm and finish well.
Kindness – Help me be kind to everyone in every situation and place that I find myself. Let me be ready to forgive others, just as You have forgiven me. Release me from hurt feelings, offense, and pride. Give me opportunities to serve You by serving others.
Goodness – Lord, I am grateful You have created me to walk in goodness. Help me always to do the right thing and show others Your goodness. Help me increase in the desire to please You in all I do and say.
Faithfulness – Help my faith to grow day by day. Teach me how to be an overcomer and to be faithful to You in all I do and say. Let me remember Your faithfulness never fails. Thank You for being a faithful and true God.
Gentleness – Help me be gentle with those You have given me. Let the gentleness I show others reflect Your gentleness, so they will be drawn to You and want the salvation You want to provide for them.
Self-Control – Lord, help me to exercise self-control in all areas of my life. Guide me in my finances, my social life, and my walk with You. When I use self-control, I show obedience to You.
What value do you place on prayer?
Heavenly Father, help me to use the above prayers to center my thoughts on being fruitful spiritually through my prayers to You.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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EVELYN MASON WELLS
Evelyn Mason Wells is a Bible study and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
She is an award-winning author who has contributed to Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2019 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Glimmers of Heavenly Light (Faith Books & More), Let the Earth Rejoice (Worthy Inspired), Breaking the Chains(2018 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Just Breathe (Worthy/Ellie Claire), and Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies).
Evelyn is published at Refresh Bible Study Magazine and Christian Broadcasting Network.
Passionate about glorifying God through her writing and speaking, Evelyn enjoys spending time on short-term mission trips, both domestic and foreign.
Evelyn loves attending Bible studies, spiritual retreats, and having good conversation with friends over lunch or a glass of tea. She is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. She enjoys good books, her cats, traveling, and spending time with her family—especially her grandchildren.
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