Why Our Prayers Don’t Get Answered Sooner, If At All
Reason number 7: Not seeking first things first Matthew 6:33
May 3, 2019
Often when we pray, we are seeking after something we or someone we know wants or needs. We are praying for other people’s healing, their well-being, for employment or some other need they or we have. But when is the last time we prayed about what God wants us to do? When is the last time we put God’s needs, wants and desires for our lives in front of our own?
What does God want from you? What gifts, talents, and abilities do you have that you can pour into the His kingdom, that you are currently withholding? What work or ministry do you do in your local church to help the church meet the needs of the community? Are you obedient to what God has told you to do?
Too often we make excuses about why we can’t do what God has asked us to do. We come up with things like, “I don’t have the money,” “I don’t want to be bothered with this person or that person” or “I don’t have the time.” Do you really not have the time or are you not making the time?
If you took everything out of your life that God didn’t send you to, would you have the time to address the things He’s asked you to do? If you cut out some television shows, would you have time to pray and seek God for answers to what is concerning you? If you stopped listening to everyone else and turned to God for direction and guidance, would you be able to change the direction of your life?
Seeking God first, before you make a decision or decide what you’re going to do, is the smartest way to have a life full of joy and peace.
Prayer: God, my Lord, and Savior, please forgive me for not seeking you first. Forgive me for not coming after your character and your way of doing things instead of my way. Forgive me for putting you on the back burner of my life and acting as if You don’t matter. Forgive me and help me to remember to see You first and everything else I need will be added to me. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
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