Have you ever been in an intimate setting with fellow Christians sharing prayer requests and you have no prayer requests? I have.

I’ve given the ole, “Everything is great!” response many times in the past.

I suppose at the time that everything was great in some respect. My bills were paid, the car was running good, work was going smoothly, home life was good, and I was getting along well with my church family.

Life was good! Right?

Today, I have a different perspective that I hope encourages you in your walk with Jesus. Personally, the more I grow in sanctification, the more sinful and in need of a Savior I realize I am. I would love to say I am seeking the Kingdom of God every step of the way, every day. But I would be lying. I have the desire to seek the Kingdom first in all things, but my pesky sin gets in the way.

One thing I think about when sharing prayer requests, outside of prayers for others, is my attitude and actions against the backdrop of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Gal. 5:22-23, ESV)

I do not advocate using this Scripture as a kind of checklist. But as a believer indwelt by the Holy Spirit, those are the characteristics that should be evident in my life – though not perfectly.

Sharing prayer requests for personal holiness and for my own satisfaction in Jesus alone now accompanies my prayer requests.

Oddly, I feel a little guilty if I say everything is great and I have no prayer requests. But that’s just me.



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