Read: Matthew 22:37-38
I am a good person. I go to Church. I tithe. I read my Bible regularly. I pray for others. I give to charities. And, the list of my virtues goes on and on. BUT, at some point, I started putting God third. I put myself first, my neighbor second and then God! I am not sure when this started, but it ended when I read these verses. By starting my day with God and keeping Him in the forefront throughout the day, I find I can face my day with confidence because I have total assurance that He in control. By putting God first, my words and actions reflect Him in me. Someone said that it takes about a month for a behavior to become a habit – make today Day 1 for establishing the habit of putting God first!
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength. Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have. Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources. Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.