Seek Him First
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be give you as well." Matthew 6:33
Thanks to all of you who have inquired about my About Face blog post, below.
A few questions have been asked that I’d like to answer. (And thanks to my beloved friends who gather for fellowship weekly…your questions and thoughts are reflected here!)
1. Do you really lie face down on the floor?
Yes, I do. I lie on my stomach, face to the floor, arms above my head. I have found that this is the best way for me to “get to God” first thing in the morning, and remain undistracted for a few moments of prayer, without being interrupted by my wandering thoughts. (And if I can’t breathe, I just turn my head to one side or the other!)
Really, for many years, I tried to start my day with God, “seek Him first” (Matthew 6:33). My attempts failed. This worked. I’m not prescribing this to anyone. However, if you want to start your day with God, if you’d like a few intentional moments with God before your day is in full swing, this might work for you.
And if it doesn’t, you can always experiment with different postures and even mix it up a bit: pray, sitting in your favorite chair (I have a comfy chair in the corner of my living room with good natural light, a reading lamp, and my devotionals in a nearby basket); try kneeling by your bedside; pray as you walk the dog; the shower can be a great place to “pour out your heart” to the Lord; and you can use Post-It notes with scriptures and prayer concerns to remind yourself to pray in the car.
2. What do you do once you’re on the floor?
a. I use the 4 Steps of Prayer that I’ve learned through my many years of praying in Moms In Touch groups (http://www.momsintouch.org/).
1. I Praise God for who He is, not what He’s done. God is worthy of our praise. Often I am awakened by a great worship song on my favorite radio station (www.Star991fm.com) that inspires me. (Chris Tomlin’s Here I Am to Worship is a beautiful song that celebrates God’s character.) Or I just pray something like, “I praise you God because you are love.”
2. I Confess. I ask God to remind me of the things I’ve said or done that have been hurtful, or smacked of jealousy, or for my short temper…the list goes on. And I ask for forgiveness. (And I know I receive His forgiveness, because He says so (1John 1:9)!)
3. I Thank God. You know, even on my worst of days, I can always think of things I am thankful for. In fact, these reflections on why I’m grateful help when I’m in a blue mood.
4. I Pray For Others, Myself, World Concerns. I just unload my heart during this time. Depending on my time, I pray for family, friends, those who are sick, those who have asked for prayers, marriages, aging parents, the nation…the world! Whatever God brings to mind, I pray about it.
b. I wind up my floor time with a prayer that incorporates the Six Ss I learned from Charles Stanley (http://www.intouch.org/).
1. Surrender: Lord help me today to surrender all I am, all I do, all I say.
2. Sensitivity: Lord, I want to be sensitive to your Holy Spirit today. Please help me to be still and attentive to You…to hear your voice despite the noise of life!
3. Scriptures: Help me Lord to know and understand your word a little more today than yesterday.
4. Supplication: Help me to remember that I can always pray—no matter where I am, no matter what I’m doing, when you bring a prayer concern to mind, help me to pray!
5. Self-Denial: Oh Lord, I am so about ME! Help me to put others first.
6. Service: Help me to remember today wherever I go, whatever I do, I am your servant. There is always an opportunity to serve the hungry, the poor, the widow…even just a smile can serve someone today.
3. How long does all this take?
Sometimes, all I have is few moments. So I do what I can…always using those Six Ss as my personal send off. Other times, I stay down on the floor for a ½ hour or so. And try to remember to pray throughout the day!
What’s Your Story?
How about you? Have you found a way to meet with God despite all the demands on our lives? Share what works for you!