Prayers for Christ’s Increase and Our Decrease 2 Part Article
Taken from an article by John Bloom (John serves as author, board chair, and co-founder of Desiring God. He is author of three books, Not by Sight, Things Not Seen, and Don’t Follow Your Heart. He and his wife live in the Twin Cities with their five children.)
Part 2: 14 Prayers for Christ’s Increase (7 prayers in Part 2)
Drive: Whatever it takes, Lord, increase my zeal to do your will and my urgency to make the best use of my time during these evil days.
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (Romans 12:11)
Distraction: Whatever it takes, Lord, increase my resolve to pursue only what you call me to do and deliver me from the fragmenting effect of fruitless distraction.
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41–42)
Distress: Whatever it takes, Lord, increase my distress for perishing unbelievers, the persecuted church, and destitute poor and my resolve to do what I can to bring them the deliverance and relief of the whole gospel of Christ.
“I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.” (Romans 9:2)
Declare: Whatever it takes, Lord, decrease the hold that unbelieving fear has over me and increase my boldness to declare the gospel to everyone you send me to or bring to me.
“Grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness.” (Acts 4:29)
“He . . . welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness.” (Acts 28:30–31)
Dynamis (Greek for “power”): Whatever it takes, Lord, fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit and any gifting you might be pleased to give me that I may be an increasingly fruitful witness to the reality and gospel of Jesus Christ.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8)
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)
Decrease: Whatever it takes, Lord, increase my love for your supremacy and trust in your wise purposes so that when it’s time for me to step out of a role to which you had appointed me for a season, I will receive the decrease in personal influence with joyful faith.
“Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:29–30)
Death: Whatever it takes, Lord, increase my faith and joy in the truth that death is gain for me so that I can “let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.” Do not let the fear of death cause me to resist your will for me and enable me to die in a way that declares that Christ is gain.
“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory.” (John 17:24)
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
“So we will always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)