Matthew 6 (and 5 for that matter) have so much in them – so many wonderful things to sit and soak in. It’s kind of hard to pick out 1 thing – but perhaps what did jump out at me most this morning is the place God needs to rightfully have in our lives if we call ourselves His followers.
Matthew 6:9-13 is the “Lord’s prayer” perhaps a prayer that most everyone knows. It starts ‘Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be your name.” In the Greek it’s aorist so it’s a statement of fact – “God your name is holy, set apart, hallowed.” Therefore, since that is a fact, we need to recognize that and submit to Him as such. You see that in the following verse “Your kingdom come, your will be done.” May we submit to God’s purposes and plans in our lives. Again, he has a sovereign plan for his kingdom, we need to submit to it. We need to change our wills and hearts to match his.
Speaking of which – check out Matt 6:33, as Jesus wraps up his section on worry and anxiety – “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…” Jesus teaching us thru his word that we are to have his purposes first, and that mean to avoid sin and pursue righteousness. This means trusting that his way really is the right and best way for us, instead of our own ideas and sin.
Lord, I pray that I do seek you first, your kingdom, your purposes, and your will in my life today. I trust in you.