November 26, 2007
“But seek first the
In today’s verse, we see Jesus teaching us the principle of putting first things first. Which means before we ask for anything in prayer, we need to make sure we’re putting first things first… seeking God’s Kingdom and glory in every area of our lives.
So today I want to give you a little test. And I want you… as best you know how… to answer these questions honestly. It may be hard to admit some of your answers to yourself. But I truly believe this test will help you reorder your priorities… and as a result, reinvigorate your personal prayer life.
Question #1: Do you give God the first thoughts of your day? Even before your feet hit the floor, do you thank God for another day of life… of health… of family… of friendship? A great verse to quote to start your day is Psalms 118:24, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” I encourage you to memorize this verse today!
Question #2: Do you give God the first day of your week? God has set aside a day of the week to worship and honor Him with other believers. He’s done this to give us strength and power in the midst of our crazy lives. Are you taking advantage of this awesome opportunity?
Question #3: Do you give God the first place in your life… stewarding well what God has given you? This not only includes your income, but also your family and your time. Stewardship is really a matter of Lordship!
Question #4: Are you giving God the first of all your desires? Because loving, serving, or worshipping anything more than Jesus Christ is idolatry, plain and simple.
As you answer these questions honestly, it’s my prayer that God will reveal to you any priorities in your life that might be out of order. And… as He does this… it’s my hope that you will begin putting first things first.
And by doing so, it’s my hope that you will experience the joy of a powerful prayer life!
before we ask for anything in prayer, we need to make sure we’re putting first things first.