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Prayers for Discipline

Personal growth is a lifelong journey that requires discipline and motivation. Discipline is the ability to do what we need to do, even when we don’t feel like it. Motivation is the drive that keeps us going, even when we face challenges and obstacles. Both discipline and motivation are essential for achieving our goals and fulfilling our potential.

But discipline and motivation are not easy to maintain. We often struggle with distractions, temptations, laziness, procrastination, and discouragement. We may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or hopeless. We may lose sight of our purpose and direction.

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That’s why we need prayer. Prayer is the way we connect with God, who is the source of all strength and wisdom. Prayer is the way we access His power and guidance, which are greater than our own. Prayer is the way we align our will with His will, which is perfect and good.

In this post, I will share with you 10 prayers that can help you cultivate discipline and motivation in your personal growth. These prayers are based on the Scriptures, which are the inspired word of God and the ultimate authority for our lives. These prayers cover different aspects of personal growth, such as self-control, exercise, food, work, habits, debt, service, and spirituality. You can use these prayers as they are, or modify them according to your needs and preferences. You can also memorize them, write them down, or recite them aloud.

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I hope these prayers will inspire you, encourage you, and empower you to grow in every area of your life. Let’s begin.

 1: A prayer for self-control

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the spirit of power, love, and self-discipline that You have given me. I confess that I often lack self-control, and I give in to my weaknesses and temptations. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me overcome my fleshly desires. I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit, who can enable me to do what is right and pleasing to You. I ask You to strengthen my will, and to give me the courage and determination to resist the devil and his schemes. I ask You to renew my mind, and to help me think and act according to Your word. I ask You to guard my heart, and to help me love You and others with all that I am. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

2: A prayer for discipline with exercise

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT)

1 Corinthians 6Lord God, I thank You for the body that You have given me. I thank You for the health and fitness that You have blessed me with. I thank You for the opportunity and ability to exercise and take care of my body. I confess that I often neglect or abuse my body, and I fail to honor You with it. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me discipline myself with exercise. I ask You to help me find a suitable and enjoyable form of exercise that I can do regularly and consistently. I ask You to help me set realistic and attainable goals, and to monitor my progress and results. I ask You to help me overcome any barriers or excuses that may hinder me from exercising. I ask You to help me remember that my body is Your temple, and that I belong to You. I ask You to help me glorify You with my body, and to use it for Your service. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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 3: A prayer for discipline with food

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. (Proverbs 25:28 NLT)

Proverbs 25:28 NLTGracious God,
I thank You for the food that You provide for me. I thank You for the variety and abundance of food that You have created. I thank You for the pleasure and satisfaction that food can bring. I confess that I often have an unhealthy relationship with food, and I lack self-control with my eating. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me discipline myself with food. I ask You to help me control my appetite and cravings, and to eat only what I need and not what I want. I ask You to help me choose nutritious and wholesome food, and to avoid junk and processed food. I ask You to help me enjoy food as a gift from You, and to thank You for it. I ask You to help me remember that food is not my master, but You are. I ask You to help me honor You with my food, and to use it for Your glory. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

 4: A prayer for discipline with work

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24 NLT)

Colossians 3:23-24 NLTAlmighty God,
I thank You for the work that You have given me. I thank You for the skills and talents that You have endowed me with. I thank You for the income and benefits that You have provided me with. I confess that I often lack discipline with my work, and I do it with a bad attitude or a poor performance. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me discipline myself with work. I ask You to help me work with excellence and diligence, and to do my best in everything I do. I ask You to help me work with integrity and honesty, and to avoid any dishonesty or corruption. I ask You to help me work with joy and gratitude, and to avoid any grumbling or complaining. I ask You to help me work with humility and respect, and to avoid any pride or arrogance. I ask You to help me remember that I am working for You, and not for people. I ask You to help me serve You with my work, and to use it for Your kingdom. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

 5: A prayer for discipline with a new habit

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NLT)

Philippians 4:13 NLTLoving God,
I thank You for the new habit that I want to start in my life. I thank You for the positive change that it can bring to me and others. I thank You for the opportunity and possibility to grow and improve. I confess that I often struggle with starting and sustaining a new habit, and I give up easily or lose interest. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me discipline myself with a new habit. I ask You to help me identify and eliminate any obstacles or distractions that may prevent me from forming a new habit. I ask You to help me create and follow a plan and a schedule that can help me establish a new habit. I ask You to help me track and celebrate my progress and achievements, and to reward myself appropriately. I ask You to help me rely on Your strength and not my own, and to trust You to empower me and enable me. I ask You to help me remember that I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. I ask You to help me honor You with my new habit, and to use it for Your purpose. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

 6: A prayer for discipline to conquer a bad habit

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT)

Romans 12:2 NLTHoly God, I thank You for the bad habit that I want to conquer in my life. I thank You for the conviction and repentance that You have given me. I thank You for the freedom and victory that You have promised me. I confess that I often fail to conquer a bad habit, and I fall back into my old ways. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me discipline myself to conquer a bad habit. I ask You to help me identify and confess the root cause and the negative consequences of my bad habit. I ask You to help me replace and substitute my bad habit with a good habit that can benefit me and others. I ask You to help me seek and receive support and accountability from others who can help me overcome my bad habit. I ask You to help me renew my mind and transform my behavior, and to resist the patterns of the world. I ask You to help me learn and know Your will for me, which is good and pleasing and perfect. I ask You to help me glorify You with my bad habit, and to use it for Your testimony. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

 7: A prayer for motivation

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT)

Hebrews 12:1-2 NLTAwesome God, I thank You for the motivation that You have given me. I thank You for the goals and dreams that You have placed in my heart. I thank You for the race that You have set before me. I confess that I often lose motivation, and I get distracted, discouraged, or defeated. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me regain my motivation. I ask You to help me strip off every weight that slows me down, especially the sin that so easily trips me up. I ask You to help me run with endurance and perseverance, and to not give up or give in. I ask You to help me keep my eyes on Jesus, who is the champion who initiates and perfects my faith. I ask You to help me follow His example and inspiration, and to learn from His life and teachings. I ask You to help me remember that He is with me and for me, and that He will reward me and crown me. I ask You to help me honor You with my motivation, and to use it for Your glory. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

 8: A prayer for motivation to get out of debt

Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7 NLT)

Proverbs 22:7 NLTWise God,
I thank You for the motivation to get out of debt. I thank You for the resources and opportunities that You have given me. I thank You for the freedom and peace that You have promised me. I confess that I often have a poor management of my finances, and I borrow more than I can repay. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me improve my motivation to get out of debt. I ask You to help me create and follow a budget and a plan that can help me reduce and eliminate my debt. I ask You to help me increase my income and decrease my expenses, and to save and invest wisely. I ask You to help me seek and apply biblical principles and practices for my finances, and to avoid any worldly or worldly wisdom. I ask You to help me remember that I am a servant to the lender, and that I want to be free from the bondage of debt. I ask You to help me honor You with my finances, and to use them for Your kingdom. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

 9: A prayer for motivation to serve others

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28 NLT)

Matthew 20:28 NLTDear God,
I thank You for the motivation to serve others. I thank You for the gifts and abilities that You have given me. I thank You for the needs and opportunities that You have shown me. I confess that I often lack motivation to serve others, and I prefer to be served or to serve myself. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me increase my motivation to serve others. I ask You to help me discover and develop my gifts and abilities, and to use them for the benefit of others. I ask You to help me identify and meet the needs and opportunities that You have placed around me, and to be sensitive and responsive to them. I ask You to help me follow the footsteps of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. I ask You to help me have a heart of compassion and generosity, and to love others as You have loved me. I ask You to help me glorify You with my service, and to use it for Your mission. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

 10: A prayer for motivation to grow spiritually

Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:18 NLT)

2 Peter 3:18 NLTHeavenly Father,
I thank You for the motivation to grow spiritually. I thank You for the salvation and sanctification that You have given me. I thank You for the growth and maturity that You have called me to. I confess that I often stagnate or regress in my spiritual growth, and I neglect or resist Your work in me. I ask You to forgive me, and to help me enhance my motivation to grow spiritually. I ask You to help me grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to experience His love and truth more deeply. I ask You to help me read and study Your word, and to apply it to my life. I ask You to help me pray and worship You, and to communicate with You. I ask You to help me fellowship and serve with other believers, and to edify and encourage them. I ask You to help me witness and share Your gospel, and to reach and disciple others. I ask You to help me remember that You are the source and goal of my spiritual growth, and that You will complete the good work You began in me. I ask You to help me honor You with my spiritual growth, and to use it for Your glory. I ask You to do all this in the name of Jesus, who is my Lord and Savior. Amen.

Conclusion

These are the 10 prayers that I wanted to share with you today. I hope they will help you develop discipline and motivation in your personal growth. I encourage you to practice these prayers regularly, and to see how God will work in you and through you. I also invite you to share your experiences and feedback with me, and to let me know how I can pray for you. You can subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media for more content like this. May God bless you and keep you, and may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26 NLT)

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