‘Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men”, says the Bible in 1 Timothy 2:1.
A phrase in this verse holds my attention: “First of all”… Yes, the Bible encourages us to pray before all things.
How many decisions have you made without praying in the first place? How many bad choices have you made because you failed to pray to ask God for guidance? You may rush to do things that you regret later.
The Bible recommends us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Obeying this divine recommendation will lead you to pray before everything. Did you just wake up? “First of all”, pray! May your first thoughts and first words be directed to your Lord! Do you want to get involved in a business that seems profitable to you? “First of all”, pray! Do you want to rebuke your spouse? “First of all”, pray and you will see that you will find the right words to talk to him without hurting him. Are you about to drive or take public transport? “First of all”, pray! Do you want to engage into marriage? “First of all”, pray! Is your child ready to go to school? “First of all”, pray with him/her. God hears all these prayers that you are making to him with all your heart, even the shortest ones! Whether for food or for your sick body or for meditation on the Word of God, “first of all”, pray!
Beloved, it is certainly difficult for me to mention all the circumstances of life for which you must first pray. However, don’t forget to pray all the time. “First of all”, pray! Pray without ever letting go (Luke 18:1), persevere in prayer (Romans 12:12)! This is how you will learn to listen to your Lord and recognize His voice. He will guide you and give you victory in all areas of your life.
May God bless you Beloved
1 Thessalonians 5:17
“Pray without ceasing”.
“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart”.
1 Samuel 23:2
“Therefore David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and [a]attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah.”
“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer”.
“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Joshua 9: 14.16
“Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they [a]did not ask counsel of the Lord.(…) Three days, after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors who dwelt near them”
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