Did you ever wonder why some prayers are answered while others seem not to be? Did you think God was "playing favorites?" Many feel that way, but they would be mistaken.
You see, our God is a legal God, and the Laws of God consist of His Word. That is, when He speaks it becomes Law that even He must obey - otherwise He would be lying and that could never be. So God's own Word and words become the Laws He, by His own definition, must live by.
Then how do we get prayers answered, you ask? By obeying God's Laws that govern blessing! So let's find out what those laws consist of:
God's Law of Priority
Matthew 6:25, 26
(25) "For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing (26) "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?"
Jesus goes on to speak in successive verses about the futility of worry and to elaborate more about putting yourself first. Now listen! And in verse (31) we pick up the discussion again as He says; "Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?'
(32) "For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
(33) "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."
Yes, our God is a God of priorities. He says so in the above verses. He is also a jealous God (EX. 20:5). And isn't this just another statement of priority? Of course it is.
Who Is Your Blessor?
There is another theme present in this Scripture also. The theme that we were never meant to be the source of our blessing! That's right, contrary to the world's thinking, God never intended for us to be the source of our own blessing - He is!
Look again at the above Scripture reference. He tells us to "...seek first His kingdom and His righteousness..." (His will and way of doing things)... "and all these 'things'..." (and that means 'stuff' to all those who think God is not involved or interested in our need for the material things in life) shall be added unto us! So who is doing the blessing? Us? No, He is! So it is God's intention to be our blessor. Then what is our part?
He just told us our part in being blessed. He just penned it in a 'letter' meant to go directly to your heart in the above Scripture... It's really quite simple isn't it? He tells us to put Him first.
"Put Me first" God says, "and I will take care of you." "Put My will first in your life over your own needs and wants, and I'll take care of you," His Scripture is saying.
You see, it's a matter of trust. It's a matter of faith in His Word and His promises. It's believing God and taking Him at His word. It's also having no other gods before Him - for what you put first in your life is your God - it's what you worship.
In Daily Life
So how do we accomplish carrying out God's commandment to "seek Him first" and thus position ourselves, indeed obligate Him by His own Word, to bless us? I have three surefire suggestions to put you in position for blessing and to satisfy God's commandment of priority - three ways to seek Him first.
1. Start your day with prayer. Not with coffee or anything else, but with prayer - putting God first.
2. And in your prayer, along with your petitions of God, and your thanksgivings for Him and of His promises, and most importantly what He has done for you on the Cross, ask Him what you can do for Him today. That's putting God first.
3. Write the desire to please Him across your heart throughout the day. Make pleasing Him your passion - your number one passion.
Do these things and watch God provide for all your needs and the blessings of His promises.
Yes, "...and all these things shall be added unto you."
In Jesus Name