7/21 Days of Prayer
Matthew 6:33 NKJV – Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness and all of these things will be added.
What is first in your life? What do you think about, talk about, and spend the most time doing? If we are honest with ourselves, it doesn’t take long to locate what or who is number one in our lives.
There are two types of promises in God’s word: some aren’t dependent on our actions, and others are dependent on our actions. Matthew 6:33 lets us know that when we seek His kingdom first God abundantly supplies all we need. The opposite is also true. When I neglect to put God first, I find myself not having enough.
Here are three ways we can practically put God first:
PUT GOD FIRST IN YOUR DAY
Psalm 63:1 NKJV – O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
I have been guilty, like most of us, of not seeking God first in my day. I can easily fall into the trap of checking my email, social media, and text messages before seeking God. I love Psalm 63:1 because the Psalmist is letting us know that we are all thirsty and only God can satisfy the thirst within us. One of the best ways to seek God first is the 5-5-5 principal. It looks like 5 minutes of reading scripture, 5 minutes of prayer, and 5 minutes of worship. It only takes 15 minutes to put God first in our day!
PUT GOD FIRST IN YOUR WEEK
Acts 20:7 NKJV – On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them.
The New Testament church gathered each week on Sundays. We have a saying in our church that when you are home, you are here. Meaning if we aren’t traveling or on vacation we are going to put God first in our week by attending church. There is something that God releases to His people when we gather together.
PUT GOD FIRST IN YOUR FINANCES
Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV – Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
When we first got married I was so scared to give God the first part of our finances. I wanted to wait until the day before our next paycheck to give in case something unexpected arose. One day I felt the Lord tell me, “it takes no faith to give at the end of the pay period. Give to me first and watch your faith grow!” From that day forward I always gave to God the first 10% of every paycheck we received and my faith grew by leaps and bounds! There is an abundance from God that can only be released when we give the first part to Him.
Of the three areas above, which do you need to start being better at putting God first: your day, your week, or your finances?
Declare: When I put God first, He takes care of my every need.