THE RIGHT FOCUS II

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“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Yesterday, it was established that the right focus in prayer is not praying for needs but praying for the will of God. Today, we will consider what this entails.

In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to worry about our needs because God, our Father is providential. Instead, when we pray, we pray for the will of God to be done on earth (Matthew 6:10).

Also, in the Lord’s prayer we are given a higher focus for our prayers – the Kingdom of God. This is more important than anything else we could ask for in prayer.

As seen in 1 Kings 3:5-10 and 2 Chronicles 1:7-12, Solomon had just become king and he brought a great offering to give to God. God told him to ask anything and he will receive it. He chose to ask for wisdom to lead God’s people.

And God was pleased with the way he prayed in fact he commented on it in this way :

“God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people—”
‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Yet wealth, riches, fame, long life and the death of enemies are some of the most common prayers found in the church today. And while they may be necessary, there are other prayers that are more pleasing to God.

This is because God has priorities. When we pray, our prayers should be reflective of God’s will for our lives and for the earth (Matthew 6:10, Luke 11:2). Worship, fellowship and consecration are essential in prayer. Every other thing is secondary to this, even our needs.

Dear believer, when we examine the substance of our prayers the result should show that God’s priorities are our priorities. Our focus in prayer should be the Kingdom of God.

Our prayers should edify, strengthen and embolden us rather than contain requests for ever recurring material needs. Therefore, let’s focus on God’s will today and pray!

Do you have any questions about what you’ve read so far this week? Please refer to the Bible Reading Plan Recaps as they provide context for your study.

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