“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” -Matthew 6:33
Yesterday, we explored the topic of persistent prayer, and how this world needs more persistent prayer warriors. This thing called prayer can be the most effective tool that we have in our spiritual arsenal. Disciplined prayer warriors can change the world, and I believe we at a place in history that requires more prayer for our world than ever before!
As we ponder this idea of prayer, we inevitably search our thoughts and our hearts for the most important things to pray for. Our families are brought to mind. Our personal concerns and our stressors are also brought to the forefront. When we pray these things are important and good to pray for. We also should remember that we are Kingdom people, and as Kingdom people, our priority to Christ and His Kingdom should also be high on that list. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray the spirit of humility and servanthood were spoke: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done…”
How can we make God’s Kingdom a priority today?
How can we emphasize God’s will not our will be done today?
Is there a rebellious spirit within us that struggles with these components of submission to God today? It is not easy to humble ourselves in this way. We might fight against submitting our will to God’s will, but knowing He cares and loves us and desire to light our path ought to bring comfort and peace even if we struggle with trusting Him.
Seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness is never easy, but does bring us peace when we shift the focus from “me first” to God first. There is a lightening of the burden when we allow God to carry it for us. We don’t have to go it alone. We have One who stands ready to help and to love us. He comes to our level and desires fellowship and provides assurance and hope. Thus, when we pray today…seek His kingdom before we seek ours. As we talked about yesterday, be persistent in these conversations…and start off with accepting His kingdom first and seek after it with your life, heart, soul, mind.
Prayer: Lord I long to live for your kingdom alone. Help me in this discipline of pray and submission to you. You know that this is not easy for me. I struggle with taking control and selfishness. I want to seek after you and your righteousness today. I will not worry about tomorrow, but I will seek your kingdom in my life today. Grant me your strength for what ever comes my way today. Walk with me and help me when I become distracted and frustrated. I pray for those that I will come into contact with today, allow me to show compassion, grace and love to all those I meet. Lord, your will be done in my life today. -Amen.