What are you worried about? [Blueprint #5: Praying for Priorities]

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Comprehend the Word: Matthew 6:25-34

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.


Contemplate the Word: 

As I tried to relax, my mind wondered what the strange and weak sensation I felt in my fingers might mean. The next place my thoughts took me was a place I did not want to go — remembering my dad’s first symptom of ALS was weakness in a single finger. Almost instantly, I was worrying that God might call me down a difficult road again, and I was not game.

In the months that followed, I regularly reached for worry rather than the Word. I talked to myself more about worst case scenarios than the truth. And over several months, my priority shifted from seeking the kingdom of God, to trying to protect my own.

What are you worried about right now? Worry can point us to our priorities, and our priorities shape our pursuits. Often, we pursue what we think will provide security and significance. Perhaps Jesus knew exactly what we would be most tempted to not seek Him for — our sustenance, our satisfaction, our security and our significance.

Yet, He assures us that our heavenly Father knows and will take care of all of our needs. Because of that promise, we can pass Him our pursuits and instead, seek Him first.

Jesus’ solution to our problem of worry is to pursue Him with priority.

Take time today and this week to let your soul be still before Him, so He can rearrange any priorities that may have gotten out of order. If we prioritize Him and His kingdom in prayer, He promises to take care of what we need.

Converse With the Word:

Using today's Scripture and the  HE // ME // WE blueprint, craft your own prayer for your PRIORITIES. Simply talk to God aloud, write in your journal, or CLICK HERE for the BLUEPRINT PRAYER JOURNAL HERE and write it there. Then when God answers, thank Him and record it! If you need help getting going, feel free to pray the example below, and however else the Spirit leads you. 

HE: FATHER GOD, YOUR NAME/KINGDOM/WILL... 

Father God, I praise your name. You are all-knowing, all-powerful, good and faithful. You know all of my needs even before I ask. My days are ordained by you, and nothing can thwart your purposes throughout generations. Reign in my mind, my heart and my will, so what I want may be the same as what you want. 

ME:  GIVE/FORGIVE/DELIVER ME FROM...

Jesus, reveal what fear fuels my worry. Teach me how to seek you first and trust that you will supply everything else. Show me where I'm attempting to be self-sufficient rather than Spirit-dependent. Convict me and help me to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Forgive me for pursuing empty wells rather than Living Water. Deliver me from becoming overwhelmed by worry but instead let my worry drive me back to seeking You first. Deliver me from the evil one who seeks to steal, kill and destroy.  

WE: FILL ME WITH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT...  

Holy Spirit, fill me so I what I want most may be to see Your kingdom advance here on earth. Build your kingdom through my life. Help me to keep in step with you and seek you first, and when I don't, help me to take the path of repentance back home.