Accepting Christ into your life as your Savior is the most important decision you will ever make, but the journey does not stop there. Here are 18 powerful prayers for spiritual growth.
Prayer for Spiritual Growth
Sovereign Lord, this life is a wonderful opportunity to experience Your love and enjoy You forever. Do not allow me to become complacent but let me have an insatiable desire to grow in Your love and grace. Fill my life with the joy of Your Spirit and let me grow tall and strong in You, through Christ, my Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Spiritual Maturity
Lord of All, life is a journey full of stumbling blocks and challenges. With each hurdle, there is growth. With each setback, a valuable lesson. Lord, I ask that You give me the wisdom and presence of mind to learn from my mistakes and pitfalls. Help me to approach these things with maturity, so that I can be closer to You. Amen.
Prayer for Spiritual Coming of Age
Jesus, my Savior, You have taught us through Your Apostle Paul that we should leave childish things behind us, and move forward to a greater understanding of spiritual matters. Part of maturity is learning when to do this, and having the motivation to press forward. Help me to recognize when it is time to grow up. Allow me to take on new spiritual challenges, that I may be refined through service to You and my neighbor. In Your precious name. Amen.
Prayer to Grow Through Healing
Oh, Jesus, my Great Healer, as any gardener knows, hedges must be cut down so that they may come back and flourish. The new branches will be full of life and bear much fruit. So also it is in my own life. I ask that You trim the branches in my own life. Allow me to flourish back to life in my healing, that I would come to bear much fruit in Your vineyard. Amen.
Prayer for a Mature View of Healing
Jesus, the Great Physician, sometimes when I am hurt, I get impatient. I want to feel better, to move on past these difficult times without experiencing any pain. Yet, I know that You are always present in my pain. You are there, and pain drives me into Your arms so that I can learn more about You and have intimacy in Your Spirit. Lord, give me the patience I need to heal in the ways You have decreed. Amen.
Prayer to Grow in Spiritual Strength
Heavenly Father, You can do mighty things through even the lowliest of servants. It is not a matter of the abilities of the person You work through but of Your ability to bring Your will to pass through them. Lord, here I am. Send me. Build me up with spiritual strength shown not through physical feats, but faith. Amen.
Prayer for Strength to Keep Progressing in Faith
Lord of Power, I feel weak and crushed. I feel like I am trying to run a race with sprained ankles. I do not know how I can go on like this. Make haste to bring strength to my legs so that despite the pain of this life, I can keep moving forward. Give me hope and faith, keeping my eyes on the prize and looking forward to eternal life in Your heavenly kingdom. Amen.
Prayer for Deeper Connection to Christ
My Righteous God, I would be nothing if I did not have You. Each day I wake up with a desire to know You better. I want to become more and more like You. In Your love and mercy, let me come closer to You. Allow me to cling to You, so that I may learn to walk in Your ways. Help me to remain steadfast in Your love with an unshakable faith so that I may become fused with You. Amen.
Prayer to Cling More Tightly to Jesus
Father God, I know that I bring nothing to the table. My good works are but filthy rags before You. They are worth nothing. Yet You and Your deeds are of infinite value. How could I ever match up to them? Therefore, do not cast me away, but allow me to cling unto You that I may grow in faith. Let me grow like a branch from Your vine, Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Growth Through Forgiveness of Sins
Lord Jesus, I can feel the devastation of my sin deep within my soul. To whom can I turn and find solace? Who will protect me and restore me to life? Surely You are the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the whole world. Grant me the forgiveness of sins through Your blood. Wash me white as snow so that through a clean conscience I can confidently and boldly approach Your throne. Amen.
Prayer to Believe My Sins Are Forgiven
All-Powerful Father, even though You have proclaimed the forgiveness of sins through Your Son Jesus, the Devil has tricked me into doubting the truth of Your word. I want to believe in every word You say, but the Devil has clouded my intellect and made me suspicious of everything. Give me an assurance that I can trust Your word. Let me grow through the truth that my sins have been removed and eternal life is accessible to me. Amen.
Prayer to Grow in Thanksgiving
Loving God, You taught us to pray unceasingly. For it is Your will that Your people be full of joy. You want Your people to rejoice in the morning, evening, and all the time. Yet, the most joyous people are the most thankful people. Therefore, let me grow in gratitude and thankfulness, that we do not take Your salvation for granted. Amen.
Prayer for Greater Understanding of Grace
Most Merciful God, Your salvation is opaque to us, and Your grace is an enduring mystery. Who can plumb the depths of Your wonders? Who has seen Your face and lived? Lord, let me comprehend You. Help me to understand the astonishing depths of Your love and grace. Help me to continue to grow into this infinite affection, that I may become pleasing to You. Amen.
Prayer to Grow in Graciousness
O Jehovah, my God, the whole of the Christian life is to become conformed to Your image. Day by day, I strive to hear Your voice and put Your commands into practice. It is my goal to become an image of Your presence here on Earth. O Jesus, help me to become more and more like You. Let me grow in faith, hope, and love. Give me an enduring graciousness, so that I can be unto others what You have been for me. Amen.
Prayer for Greater Wisdom
Father God, You have often told us to get wisdom. You praise it highly, like jewels or great wealth. It is very valuable, and I want to obtain it. Teach me to become wise like Solomon. Help me to learn from him and others through Your most holy word, that through patience and instruction I may become a more Godly and faithful servant. Amen.
Prayer for Growth in Understanding
Compassionate Father, through the steadfast love of Your Spirit You have cleansed the hearts and minds of all who believe in Your Son. You have enlightened the intellect of billions. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I ask that You continue to work on my mind so that I can come to correct understanding. Give me contentment and demolish any walls that block my path to understanding, through Christ, my redeemer. Amen.
Prayer to Increase Trust in You
God of Enduring Faithfulness, I long to simply sit at Your feet and learn. I want to approach You as my Father with child-like trust. You have taught us that true faith is like that of a child. It is dependent, even as an infant is dependent upon his/her parents. Continue to kindle trust for You within my soul. Guide and make paths for me, so that I can trust You all the more. Amen.
Prayer for Growth in God’s Will
Lord God, if You will it, this entire universe could go to nothing. What am I before You that I should ever question You? You are loving and gracious, and I am selfish and insignificant in Your presence. Because Your will is good, help me to always walk in the light of it. Help me to keep growing in Your will as wheat grows up from the soil through Christ, my Lord. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.