The MessageBy PASTOR BILL MYERS,
God loves having a relationship with you!
“But seek first His kingdom and His “righteousness,” and all these things (everything) will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Most of us would give or do anything for those we love. For parents, if our children needed something, we would do our best to give it to them. Even if our best friends needed something, we would try our best to help. That’s love. But, if our children came to us every day first thing in the morning, even before breakfast, and presented us with a list of things they wanted without even saying, “thank you,” wouldn’t it discourage us as parents? I know I would personally feel this child was very selfish.
Sometimes I feel we treat God the same regarding our prayer life. We present our list of requests to our Father before even saying “good morning.” The above verse in Matthew serves as a guide for us to seek God first with a thankful heart through worship and His Word, loving and thanking Him for everything He has done, is doing, and will do for us! This, my friends, is called a “relationship.” Taking time to talk to our Father and listening to Him talk to us, strengthens our relationship. He knows what we need even before we ask as He knows our heart and every thought.
When we begin our prayers with a heart of worship and thanks, it sets our priorities in order. We’re saying, “God, you’re more important than anything else in my life.” “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” is the greatest commandment in the Bible.
Through our worship, we thank Him for His righteousness, which is a free gift. We don’t have to earn it by doing. Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross so we could receive the free gift of righteousness!
It’s certainly okay and important to present our request to God, but putting Him first before our “asking,” touches His heart. When your child sincerely thanks you for what you are doing or have done for them, it truly makes you want to do more. Again, that’s unconditional love.
Today, I encourage you to seek Him first in love, desiring to know Him in a greater way, knowing that He will answer your requests. Begin your prayers by thanking Him for what he has already done, is doing, and will do for you. Tell Him you love Him. No, you just can’t say it enough. He loves to hear it!
Friends, God will never fail us and He certainly isn’t absent-minded that we must keep reminding Him of what we need. He is our Abba Father and He loves us with such a deep, unconditional parental love.
The bottom line: Your Heavenly Father desires a deep relationship with you! Invest time with Him and truly get to know Him. Jesus loves you!