Purpose in life always dictates priorities in life. We make time for things that are important to us. We have a time to get up, go to work, eat, and go to sleep. The man that has no time for prayer is the one who says with his life that knowing God is not really all that important. He can even be busy with religious activities and miss God’s purpose for his life.
Jesus’ disciples recognized the quality of His life and wanted to learn from Him. They ate with Him, walked with Him, and listened intently to His teaching.
But there was one aspect of His life that especially challenged them. They said, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). They did not ask Jesus to teach them to preach, work miracles, or heal the sick. They wanted to know how to pray. They saw the revolutionary purpose of Jesus’ life. And that life demanded the priority of prayer. Therefore, they wanted to know how to make prayer a priority in their lives.
Jesus restated to them what He had taught on the mountain. In Matthew 5–7 Jesus explains the nature of his kingdom. And He gave great priority to teaching the multitudes the importance of prayer.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit
Gracious Lord, I will never fully plumb the depths of prayer, but day by day I learn new things about Your character and the purposes of Your kingdom that require me to pay attention with all of my heart. Fill me to overflowing with the desire to seek You, even in the ordinary, every day moments of my life. Draw me close so we may enjoy intimate fellowship together throughout all the days of my life. Teach me to pray Lord Jesus!
Praise God, who is the source of all wealth and prosperity on earth (1 Chron. 29:12). Give thanks for all the material blessings God has given to you. Confess any occasions when you have tried to “store up for yourself treasures on earth” (Mt. 6:19). Commit yourself to remembering that wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, are a gift from God (Eccl. 5:19). Ask him to open your eyes to new opportunities to use your possessions for the benefit of others.
Pray Eph. 1:18 for any unsaved person you know, asking especially that his or her spiritual eyes will be opened to see the eternal treasure of life in Christ.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.