To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

Make God Your First Priority, Not Your Last Resort!

Posted on May 3, 2017 by Velta Thomas, Expressions Writing Ministry

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“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s People.”  — Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) 

The afternoon before Thanksgiving I fell in my home.  By the grace of God my nephew was with me, otherwise at that time of day I would have been alone.  After directing him to call 911, my husband and I began to silently pray for healing.  My arm was broken in several places and my elbow shattered.  The EMTs loaded me into the ambulance and told me it was very bad.  The pain was horrific.  I began to pray aloud this time asking for God to ease the pain.  In a few minutes the EMT said “Your prayer worked. I just heard you release the threshold sign that patients let out when the pain eases off.”  He was right, my pain had eased some. 
 
During my recovery and surgeries, I have been praying a great deal.  But I realized that before my accident I did not pray so much.  I said grace over my meals and a quick prayer on the way to work each day but that was it unless I was praying for others.  I began to wonder why I had not prayed more in the past.  Why did it have to take something so horrible to make me think about putting God and prayer first in my life?
 
What about you?  It is time we all make faith and prayer a priority and not a last resort, saved only for when things go wrong in our lives.  We fool ourselves when we think we can handle it all without God daily.  Jesus put prayer and faith the top two things he taught.  He not only taught about prayer,  He practiced it.  Mark 1:35-37 describes a time when He woke up early while it was still dark and went to a secluded place to pray.  Because prayer was a priority, He regularly spent time talking to His Father in an intimate, personal way—being encouraged, sharing His concerns, and seeking His will for each day.
 
An intimate and effective prayer life never happens accidentally.  We must be intentional and make prayer a priority by setting aside a time and a place to meet with God each day.  The goal is not to simply present Him with our list of requests but to give the Lord our full attention and unhurried time for fellowship with Him. 
 
Prayer requires uninterrupted time.  Schedule a time and place.  Make spending time with God your priority in 2017.


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