Sometimes God uses our time in prayer to change our desires, perspective, plans, attitudes, or our commitment level.
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? Can this produce spiritual “fruit” in you?
Heavenly Father, help me to use the above prayers to center my thoughts on being spiritually fruitful.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
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