The Priority of Prayer
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
As we began this new year, we can look back on last year and see our shortcomings, faithlessness, and where we were complacent. There were times when we knew to trust God and have faith in Him but shamefully did not. This year, as we began, we will be looking at five priorities this week, which we should strive to have in our lives. The first priority we should have as Christians is a prayer life. Prayer is nothing new to us, but oh, how we sometimes neglect to spend time with God. Prayer is a time to build our relationship with God, grow spiritually, cast our burdens at His feet, petition on someone's behalf, and to ask for needs in our life. However, there are times in our life where we pray continually, but it seems like God is not answering them. God will always answer our prayer, but sometimes He'll wait to see how passionate and fervent we will be. He wants to see if we will seek Him and His will. Sometimes we only seek God for our needs and not for our relationship with Him, which we desperately need above anything else. So, make it a priority this new year to pray and have that continual relationship with Him.
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