Our Prayer

Father help us to see beyond our own needs and wants, putting the needs of others above our own. Show us how to pray and allow us to be a blessing within the Body of Christ. In Jesus’ Sweet Name, Amen

Scriptures for Meditation

~ Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

~ James 5:16 ESV
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

~ Ephesians 6:18 ESV
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

~ Job 42:10 ESV
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

A Cry for Compassion

by Abby Fields

I woke up this morning with a simple prayer on my heart. “Lord, help me see beyond myself and have more compassion for others.” It’s so easy to get caught up in the affairs of our own lives that we neglect to care about others. The enemy wants us trapped in our own issues. He wants our minds focused on ourselves; but the word of God clearly tells us to look out for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”


This verse is very clear but I also understand that our lives can be messy.

I’m a mom with young children. I understand how overwhelming life can be.

Some days I feel that I am close to drowning and am just focused on trying to stay afloat.

Some days I have changed 6 messy diapers and look at the clock to see that it’s only 10a.m.

Be a Blessing & Be Blessed

It’s easy to be focused on myself and my kids because that’s who is in front of me day in and day out. But God didn’t call me to merely be focused on myself and my family. He called me to focus on others. He called me to be a blessing. He called me to reach out and care for the needs of others. He called me to look to their interests, not dwell on my own. So, today, my prayer was that He would begin burdening my heart more for others and opening opportunities for me to bless others.

It doesn’t have to be magnificent and it doesn’t have to be perfect but I want to leave a legacy of someone who sees beyond myself and my own life. In my experience, it is when we begin to care for others that we end up being the ones blessed. There is joy that comes in seeing beyond our own needs.

The word says in Acts 20:35, “It is better to give than to receive.” This is a concept I have to keep in the forefront when I am being stretched to give of my time and resources. I also think it can be easier to give when you have an abundance to give. But it’s when it stretches you personally that Jesus is most pleased and glorified.

He wants us to give out of calling, not out of our abundance. And time after time, day after day, I watch Jesus bless those who give to others. He desires a heart that is in tune with His heart that we would give, not out of “having to,” but from of a heart that desires to be more like Him.

Seeing Beyond the “Me & Mine”

And as we see beyond ourselves to meet the needs of others, He will reward our efforts. Whether here on earth or in eternity, the reward will be great. In regards to giving, I am not referring just to financial offerings. We can give to others in multiple ways through our time, our advice, our concern for people’s emotional being, cooking a meal, making a phone call, sending a text, cleaning a house, bringing a treat by, mowing a yard….anything to show others we care about them and want to be a blessing.

So today, I challenge you and I challenge myself to look to the needs of others and ask the Lord how you can be a blessing to someone.

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