10 prayers that draw me into this level of intimate closeness with the Lord during my quiet time.

1. God, be Lord of my life today. Have total and complete control of me and my life. Take my heart for Your own.

Even though I’m already saved, I choose to surrender to the Lord again every day… every moment, really. Yesterday’s surrender will not get me through today’s trials..

I need a new surrender
to get me through today. I need that fresh surrender to keep my mind and heart set on Jesus today


2. I bow to You, Lord Jesus. I acknowledge you as my Lord and King.

Jesus is very much a King. He is the Supreme Governor of Creation. His throne is the governmental center of the universe.

We tend to forget that fact. We tend to think that Jesus’ Kingship is a sweet-by-and-by type of thing; that someday we’ll see Jesus coming back on a white horse with a crown on His head, and that will be really fun and pretty, like the painting hanging in your church.

This Kingship stuff is not symbolic. It’s very literal. We forget that this same Jesus is wearing that crown right now.

He’s King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and we should worship Him as such NOW

If you live in a country that is ruled by a king, and you met that king in person, you’d bow to them, right?
Well, just the same way, except even more so, you DO live in a country that is ruled by a King.

This “country” is called Earth, and it’s a tiny little blip in the solar system, but King Jesus Christ rules over this entire world whether we like to admit it or not.

3. Heavenly Father, keep me from sinning against You today.

Even Jesus had to pray this prayer. Hebrews 5:7-9 tells us:

who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,”

When Jesus prayed to be saved from death, He wasn’t praying to be spared from the cross. He was asking the Father to keep Him from sinning.

How do we know? Because it says Jesus was heard–He got what He prayed for. Well, He didn’t get to escape the cross even though He asked to be spared from it when He prayed in Gethsemane.

But He DID get spared from eternal death. Death could not hold Jesus BECAUSE JESUS NEVER SINNED.

You see, if Jesus had sinned, He would have been lost forever. He would have been doomed to eternal death, and all of mankind would have been lost with Him.

But JESUS offered up prayers and supplications to the Father, with vehement cries and tears, pleading with God to keep Him from sin.

And He was heard.

Did you get that? Jesus had to ask for help to keep from sinning! (!!!!!)  JESUS!

Therefore… I ask God to keep me from sin all the time.

I figure that if Jesus needed help with this, I should ask too because I need every bit as much help! And sure enough.

Whenever I remember to ask God to keep me from sinning against Him, He helps me. When I pray this prayer, I can tell a difference:

I’m more focused on Him.

I let things roll off my back easier. Things don’t bother me much or at all.

I don’t get mad or anxious or fall into doubt and unbelief when I pray this.

It’s almost like God answers prayer or something.

So go ahead; if you need help to keep from sinning too, pray this today and watch God answer!

4. Jesus, let Your government increase in my life today.

This is one of my favorite prayers. Isaiah 9:6-7 tells us this:

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom

To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this”(Isaiah 9:6-7, emphasis mine).

If God says that Jesus’ government will increase forever, I figure He might as well start in my life. So I ask Him to let His government increase in me.

What does that mean? Simply put, I’m asking God:

to have His way in me today more than He did yesterday.

to help me obey Him more today that I did yesterday.

to make me more humble, more moldable, and more pliable in His hands today than I was yesterday.

It’s really all about surrender. I need His help even to surrender at all, and I want to be more surrendered to Him today than I was yesterday. So this prayer burns with passion from my heart.

God, increase Your government in my life today.

5. Help me to abide in Jesus.

Jesus Himself told us in John 15 that we’re supposed to “abide” in Him:

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned”(John 15:4-6).

What does it mean to abide in Jesus? It means:

to walk with an awareness and sensitivity to Him every moment of every day;

obeying Him in all things;

living your whole life aware of His Presence;

being plugged into Him and receiving your life from Him every moment of every day.

And I need God’s help in this.

It’s not that Jesus isn’t beautiful enough to think about all day every day; He is.

But without God’s help, the rigors of daily life would get in the way. I’d be abiding in thoughts of dishes to wash, errands to run, work to do, and people who need help. Unless God helps me, those things would crowd out abiding in Jesus.

But God does help. He’s ready and willing. And whenever I ask Him to help me abide in Jesus, He does.

He keeps Jesus at the forefront of my mind and heart.

He keeps me in an attitude of prayer all day.

He helps me think and pray before I talk or act.

He makes me sensitive to the Holy Spirit, so that I am conscious of the Holy Spirit with me and in me all day, every day.

6. Make me a woman/man of Your Word and of prayer.

Obviously, as a woman, I pray the woman version; but if you’re a man, do what works for you. Anyhow …

THIS prayer is something I began praying years ago, after I first got saved. At that time, I really had a hard time praying or reading my Bible. I simply had no capacity for prayer or for God’s Word; I had no appetite or tolerance for it.

So I got started by just reading a verse or two at a time, and praying very short prayers about my day. But I asked God to make me a woman of prayer.

I had a mental picture in my mind of the old saints of medieval times, kneeling at their beds at 2:00 AM, praying the night away with a candle flickering nearby. That’s what I wanted my life to look like.

So when I asked God to make me a woman of prayer and of His Word, He began to answer. Now, years later, through much practice and time spent with the Lord in study and prayer, I find that being alone with God is my deepest joy.

I love to get lost deep in His presence, where there is fullness of joy. I love to spend time with Him more than any other thing. And I am consumed by passion for His Word.

Only God could take someone so broken and hurting as I was and give me a heart for His Word. It’s truly a miracle. And if He did it for me when I asked, He can and will do it for you if you ask.

7 In Psalm 141:3, David prayed:

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”

And then Psalm 137:6 lists a similar prayer:

If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth—If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.”

If David, the man after God’s own heart, asked for help like that with his words, then I sure need to.

And if the Israelites could pray that about Jerusalem, I can certainly pray it asking God to keep me from sin.

When I pray about this, I actually ask God to send angels to hold my tongue down in front, at the sides, and in the middle. I ask God not to let my tongue move at all if I’m tempted to say anything that’s not from Him.

It sounds funny, but the freaky thing is that He answers!

Sometimes when I go to say something that He doesn’t want me to say, I just can’t get it out.

My brain might want to say something, but I just can’t do it. Or even typing; my flesh might want to send a mean retort if I get a nasty email, but I can’t. I think that God really does send angels to hold my hands and tongue still in situations like that.

But if I don’t remember to pray this… uh oh. Watch out, world.

Help me, Jesus. Take this tongue of mine and use it to speak Your Word… and may I be silent if I’m tempted to speak any words at all that are not from You.

8. Make me like You. Conform me to the image of Christ. More than anything else, give me godly character.

When I say “more than anything else,” I mean it. Godly character is worth more than anything else. That’s why Paul wrote:

My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19)

It’s all about Jesus. Becoming like Christ is our eternal destiny. There’s nothing worth living for, nothing worth striving for more than Jesus Christ and conforming to His image.

So I ask God to change my heart.

I ask Him to make me like Jesus.

I ask Him to conform me to the image of Christ, just like a potter pours his liquid clay into a mold.

I ask Him to give me this one thing: CHARACTER.

It doesn’t matter if other people see me or not. What matters most is what no one sees.

First Samuel 16:7b tells us:

…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Man is concerned with the way things look on the outside, but God is concerned with the way things truly are on the inside. God looks at the heart. And when God looks at me, I want Him to see Jesus.

In the hidden place, when no one is looking, I want to look like Jesus.

I have a long way to go. We all do. But God hears this prayer and answers. Step by step, He is making us more like Jesus every day. And lest we doubt or get discouraged, First John 3:2 reassures us of this:

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

He is doing the work. He’s doing it now, and when Jesus comes back, He’ll finish the work up in a moment’s time… and we shall be like Him. Let’s get as much of a head start on that as we can now, huh?

9. Give me wisdom.

The Bible tells us that wisdom is better than any other pleasure:

Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies,
And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her”(Proverbs 3:13-15).

The word “things” here–“all the things you may desire”–is literally translated “pleasure.” Why is wisdom more important than any other desirable pleasure? Because wisdom is the Presence of God applied to a practical situation.

It’s God’s Holy Spirit manifest in all your decisions,
behavior patterns, thought patterns, etc. (Ask me where I got that little tidbit another time.)

So wisdom impacts everything about your whole life. And I don’t know about you, but I know I need God in every situation I encounter:

I need God to get me out of bed in the morning.

I need Him to help me be a good wife (even though I’m married to the most amazing husband the world has ever seen). 

I need God to help me when I go to work at my day job.

I need Him to help me do everything I do at my church.

I even need Him to help me clean the house and pet the cat.

I just need God. I need Him an awful lot. I need His wisdom, guidance, direction, strength, and divine empowerment.

But thank God, He’s here for me…and He’s there for you too. He’ll help you get through everything you need to do today with power and victory.

But you need wisdom. You need His Holy Spirit applied to every situation you face.

The great news is that James 1:5-8 contains God’s promise to give us wisdom anytime we ask, as long as we actually believe He’ll answer our prayer:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.“

God will answer your prayer for wisdom if you’ll just ask Him for it. So go ahead… why not ask now?

10. Father, use my life to glorify Yourself. Please have all the glory in my life.

This is so powerful. Not only because if there is any glory, I want God to have it; but this prayer means more than that to me.

When I pray this prayer, I also mean that I want God to make me an instrument of His glory.

I want to be a tool God uses to glorify His own name.

I want there to be glory in my life for Him to have.

Ten prayers

So by praying, in the words of Jon Thurlow’s song, “Father, in my life, would You have the glory?” I am praying not only that He would get all the credit, but that there would BE glory in the first place for which He can get the credit.

prayers that draw me closer to God than any other prayers.

If you want to draw closer to God, would you pray these prayers with me today? And tomorrow? And every day thereafter?

Lordship never gets old. Surrender never gets old. Needing God and depending on Him completely never get old.

So go ahead… ask God for these things.

By doing so, you’ll be asking Him for the best thing you could ever ask for: greater intimacy with Himself.

Did you feel the Holy Spirit ministering to you and drawing you to Jesus as you prayed these prayers? If so, please leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!


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