THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER
by Larry Wilson
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. – Matthew 6:33 (HCSB)
What we worry about varies based on our circumstances and life experiences. You may worry about a godly teacher for your child or paying the bills. On the other hand, tragedy may have caused you to worry you will have the strength to go on another day. You might be worried that God does not see or truly understand your plight, or else He would surely intervene and make things right for you.
Henry Blackaby teaches us not to base our understanding of God’s love on our circumstances. Focus on the Cross. The God who is willing to sacrifice His Son is the same God who holds your cares, needs and circumstances in His hands. Trust Him enough to draw near to Him. A.W. Tozer writes that if we experience troubles, including great pain and suffering, it means we are being called by God to be “unusual Christians.” You may find it somehow comforting that there is a great purpose in our troubles. They draw us into a closer relationship with God and give us the opportunity and courage to be unusual for Jesus.
Consider this day a new mindset of turning your worry into spiritually healthy “concern.” What’s the difference? In “David Jeremiah’s Study Bible”, concern is described as a “legitimate emotion, helping God’s people focus on real problems and providing enough spiritual energy to respond with godly solutions.” Bring all your troubles, the big and the small, to God. Seek the Kingdom Creator first and watch Him work on your behalf.
Prayer: Lord, as I begin my day today, I want You to be my focus. I want to shift my focus from my needs, my hurts and my wants to You. I know that if I will actively do this, I will become more like You, the object of my focus.
“We sometimes fear to bring our troubles to God, because they must seem small to Him who sitteth on the circle of the earth. But if they are large enough to vex and endanger our welfare, they are large enough to touch His heart of love.” -R.A. Torrey
Engage10K Request: Pray for the Age-Group Team led by Bo Patterson as its members seek ways to teach and encourage all of us in this Engage10K effort.