Life Fellowship Church, Trivandrum, India

PRIORITY IN PRAYER

The seven requests in the Lord’s prayer are: Hallowed be Your Name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; Lead us not into temptation; Deliver us from evil. If you carefully look at these seven requests, you will find only one of the seven refers to the material or physical or physiological need. The first three refer to the things of God: His Name, His Kingdom and His Will. And the last three refer to our “spiritual” needs: forgiveness of sins, victory over temptation and deliverance from evil.

Yearn first for the things of God and then pray for your spiritual needs. These are the priorities. Only one out of the seven requests in the model Prayer is regarding our physical or material needs. This is where the people of Israel miserably failed. God brought them out of Egypt. He had large spiritual objectives concerning them. He wanted them to become a worshipping community. He wanted to use them to destroy all that was evil and wicked. He desired that they would be the chosen people through whom the entire world would be blessed. When they completely lost sight of these spiritual objectives, they got caught in their physical and material needs. They started murmuring against God: “We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions and the garlic. But now our whole being is dried up. There is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes” (Num 11:5,6).

God was angry towards this attitude of the people. He said, “The Lord will give you meat and you shall eat, not one day, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but for a whole month until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the Lord who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?” (vv 18-20).

Yes, the Lord gave them the desires of their heart, but He sent leanness in their souls (Psa 106:15).

Beloved, what happened to them is all examples and they are written for our own admonition. All the Old Testament incidents teach us spiritual lessons (1 Cor 10:11).

Matthew 6:31-33, “Do not worry, saying, What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Posted in Life Blog on May 23, 2016.