But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
If you listen to Christian radio, particularly KLOVE, you may have heard this before, but every time I hear it I’m convicted.
“Don’t let the answer to your prayers become more important than the One who answers.”
Maybe you aren’t as controlling as me, but I find myself trying to take the reins away from God, even in prayer. How tempting it is to focus on our detailed prayer concerns—as if we know how He should answer. Prayer should be an act of worship where we give our burdens to the Lord, where we demonstrate our reliance on Him, and where we agree for His will to be done.
Of course this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ask for specific things. All of our prayers are powerful because they reach our Heavenly Father’s ears. But sometimes we’re tempted to think prayer doesn’t make a difference and God’s going to do what He wants anyway.
It’s true that God won’t let His will be thwarted, but He gives us the chance to partner with Him through prayer. We just have to remember two things: 1) whose work we are doing and 2) He is more important than the work.
Dear Father, thank you for the chance to commune with You and further Your kingdom through prayer. Give us a heart for Your will and empower our prayers to defeat evil. In Jesus’s name, amen.