Monday Week 1

First, a brief explanation about this course. Each day from Monday to Saturday, there will be some thoughts and Bible verses to help you reflect on God, our relationship with him, and prayer. Sometimes you will be asked to stop for a few moments to reflect or to pray. Often there will be optional verses you can look up to help you pray further. Now let’s begin.

In our hectic lives, it is easy to get so caught up in the next thing we have to do that we forget what Jesus said:

For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. (Lk. 12:23)

Spend a moment thinking about the question: What were you made for?

Read the following verses and keep reflecting on the same question:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt. 6:33)

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. (Matt. 22:37-38)

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. (Ps. 43:4)

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Of course, often you might not feel like praising God. That’s OK—our feelings are unreliable, and will only be perfectly renewed in heaven. But as we begin our journey in prayer, it is important to remember that we were made to praise. Or, as John Piper said in a sermon on Psalm 43: “We were made to enjoy God with overflowing praise.”

Tell God how you feel about praise, and that you want to become a person of praise. Then throughout the day, bring to mind Jesus’s promise in Matthew 6:33 (above), and ask God to help you seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.

Verses for further prayer: Psalm 100; Isaiah 61:10-11; Revelation 5:13.

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