Day 1 – Putting God First

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 NLT

I’m sure you have a very present need on your mind right now.  It might be about a relationship, health, finances, the pandemic or politics.  It may be emotional or even spiritual.  Whatever it is, God knows your need.  In fact, God knows what you need better than you do. Right at this moment, there are things in our hearts we are not ready to confront.  The thought alone is overwhelming.  God knows about that too!  However, God desires that we  prioritize Him above every single worry in our lives.  And as we do, He promises to address and resolve the worrisome things that distract us from His Presence.

So, how do we prioritize God in our lives? In today’s scripture, Jesus instructs us to first seek ( strive, aim for) God’s kingdom and live righteously.  What does all of this mean? When we are seeking God’s kingdom, we are abiding in Jesus, through whom we can have relationship with the Father. We focus on things that please God rather than things that please or worry our flesh.  Our minds are set on God’s will being done rather than our own will. When we’re committed in these ways, our lives produce joy, hope and peace instead of envy, jealousy or bitterness.  We are living  righteously because joy, hope and peace reflect the character of God.

Prayer: Father, you are so wonderful. As I begin this journey, guide my heart and mind to seek you first. To seek your will above my own. I cannot do this on my own.  You don’t want me to do this on my own.  Help me to prioritize you above every single worry, problem and circumstance in my life. You have already taken care of everything that is worrying me right now.  In fact it is already done in Heaven. As I walk with you, and talk with you, I believe that it will also be done on earth.  I thank you for all that is and that is to come. I come into agreement with you concerning your will for my life. My heart is yours. Have your way.  I love you. In Jesus’ name I pray. ~Amen.

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