Many people will say that certain things are really important to them, like faith, family, friends, health etc.… but the real test of what’s important is what we actually spend our time doing. For instance, I might say that my family is important, but if I am not deliberately making it a priority to spend undistracted time with Becky, Sarah and Joseph, then they are not truly priorities. The same is true of my relationship with God. The time I spend reading my Bible and praying, is a strong indicator of how genuine a priority it is. In our reading today, we get a picture of someone that shows that God is their top interest, “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you…” Psalm 63:1 (NLT) This is not the musing of someone that occasionally considers God in their life. This is the testimony of a person who has tasted God’s goodness and grace, and is addicted! Jesus wants to have first place in our life, not just be one of many interests. In fact, if we don’t make Him our top priority, then our spiritual life will be stagnant and weak. One of the metrics we can use to evaluate the health of our relationship with Him is our prayers. Not just how often we pray, but what we pray about. This is where having a journal where we write our prayers out can be very helpful. Here are a few things to look for:
How much of my prayer is asking for God to do things vs thanking Him for what He has done?
How much of my prayer is telling God my ideas vs asking Him to show me His?
How much of my prayer is appreciating, praising and expressing gratitude to God?
How much of my prayer is asking Him to help be better follow and obey?
What matters most in my life will show up in my prayers. Here is a passage from the New Testament that expands on the verse for today:
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)