I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
First Of All
Those are three words that I want you to think about. What’s that? I want you to think about what is of first importance. I want you to think about what is worthy of being a priority in your life. I want you to consider what is of utmost importance. I want you to decide what you place “first of all” in your life. Do you know why I want you to think these thoughts? I need to prioritize what is most important in my life. If I don’t establish priorities, then I will most likely misspend my life on what is not a priority. Why is that? Life gets busy. Life is hectic. Life is full of demands that could pull me in a hundred different directions. Others might have a thousand different priorities that they would like to establish for my life. If I don’t establish priorities for my life, then others certainly will try to establish them for me. That’s right.
What do you want to be the priority of your life? I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to live my life in constant dialogue with you. I want to talk to you about everything. I want to pray prayers that you have given me to pray. I want to pray prayers that are pleasing to you. I want to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. I want to pray prayers that will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Those are very good desires. What will you do to live out those desires. I will establish prayer, “first of all”, as the priority of my life. That will be very good.
Do you have a prayer that you would like to pray right now? I would like to ask you to teach me how to pray. Teach me how to pray prayers of supplication. Teach me how to pray prayers of intercession. Teach me how to pray prayers of thanksgiving. Show me how I can pray for the leaders you have placed over my life. Help me to live a quiet, godly and holy life that is pleasing to you. Help me to pray prayers so that others will come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. Those are the prayers that I want to pray right now. Those are prayers that I will hear and answer.
Lord, I have had different priorities in my life. Help me now, to make a life of prayer, the priority of my life. I am thankful for what you are already doing in me. But, fan the flame of desire in me to come and pray to you. Teach me how to faithfully pray for others. Amen
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