Why Pray First

Scripture to Read

John 14:23-27; 16:12-15, Luke 24:32, Ephesians 1:16-20, James 1:5, Hebrews 4:12-16


Devotional

God always shows up when we reach out to Him.

Imagine going to your parents house for dinner one night. Your mom took great care to make your favorite meal. You walk into your parents house, sit down at the table, eat the delicious dinner and then leave the house without saying a single would to your mom or dad.

The meal wouldn’t be as satisfying and you would feel like something was missing— conversation, relationship, acknowledgment of all the work your mom put into preparing and cooking the meal for you.

Not only would you feel as though something was amiss, your mom would feel hurt and sad that you came and didn’t even want to talk to her. She had so much to tell you and just wanted to spend time with you, hearing about your dreams and passions. She has so much wisdom that she’s bursting to impart into you.

Would you ever do that? Then why do that to God?

That’s why talking to God first thing in the morning and before diving into His Word is so important.

He’s prepared His Word for you, has wisdom to impart into you and loves spending time with you. The more time spent with God the more we grow to love Him and understand His love for us.

“When you live in prayer mode, you live with holy anticipation.” Mark Batterson The Circle Maker pg 67

God is always faithful when our expectation is in Him. We pray and anticipate His Presence. That’s when we are blessed by believing.

God’s Word is not absorbed with out intellect but with our Spirit. For the Holy Spirit bears witness with our Spirit– meaning The Holy Spirit confirms Truth to us. You are a daughter of the King of kings. You are loved and chosen. You are uniquely and wonderfully made. (Romans 8:16)

As Mark Batterson says in The Circle Maker, “Instead of operating by faith, we switch back to our default setting of logic. Instead of embracing the new move of God, we fall back into the rut of our old routines.” (pg. 69) Prayer opens our heart to receive all God wants us to have and learn. Prayer honors God– the God who gave His only Son to pay for our sins and shame. He deserves our praise and honor.

Talking with God ignites our faith, grows our desire to know Him and in return, He opens His Word to us.

Take time to pray today— right now.

 


Research & Define

blue letter Bible

  1. Prayer
  2. Relationship
  3. bears witness
  4. confidence

Questions & Reflections

  1. What does your quiet time look like? Do you spend time in prayer daily?
  2. After reading the scriptures, why is it important to pray first? (John 16:13, Ephesians 1:17)
  3. What does the Word say about Jesus and approaching Him in prayer? How should we pray– with timidity or confidence? (Hebrews 4:16)
  4. Why does God want to impart wisdom and revelation to you? (Hebrews 1:18)

Memorize & Meditate

Ephesians 1:16-20

The turning point in my life came when I prayed these prayers for myself more than a thousand times. I started by reading them aloud, beginning with the first chapter. I personalized the prayers by saying ‘me’ wherever Paul said ‘you.'” – Kenneth E. Hagin The Believer’s Authority


Pray

Father God, Thank you for pursuing a relationship with me from the very beginning. You have given so much and I desire to honor you with my time and choices. Set my heart on fire, Jesus, rain down on me, speak to me and open up Your scripture to me. I want to be like You, think like You and please You in every part of my life.

I Pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen

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