Summary: We need to make God's kingdom the first priority in our lives.
New York Stockbroker had just purchased a brand new porsche. He parked it in front of his office to show it off to his colleagues. As he’s getting out of the car, an SUV comes speeding along too close to the curb and takes off the door before driving off. The man gets very upset. He grabs his cell phone and calls the police. It takes them five minutes to show up.
Before the office has a chance to ask any questions the man starts scream hysterically, “My Porsche, my beautiful silver Porsche is ruined. No matter how long it’s at the body shop it’ll simply never be the same again!
When the man finally finishes his rant, the policeman shakes his head in disgust. “I can’t believe how materialistic you are,” He says, “You are so focused on your possessions that you don’t notice anything else in your life.”
“How can you say such a thing at a time like this,” sobbed the Porsche owner.
The policeman replied. “Didn’t you realize that your right arm went with the door.”
The stockbroker looked down in horror and screamed, “My rolex!”
So many people are like that stockbroker, they’re priorities are out of whack. But God’s desire for us to to have balance in our lives and to know which things are important and which things are more important. When Jesus gave us a model for prayer, one of the things that He addressed was priority.
Let’s stand and read the Lord’s prayer together.
Matthew 6:9-13, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”
We are continuing today to look at the Lord’s Prayer and how this model applies to our lives. See prayer is more then just making requests to God. Last week we talked about how the Jewish people compared your spiritual life to the circulatory system. They felt that there were spiritual arteries, just like the ones in our bodies, and just like the ones in our bodies when your spiritual arteries are clogged your spiritual life suffers.
Last week we talked about the beginning of this prayer. “Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.” That section dealt with the artery of relationship. We are invited to have a personal relationship with God. He chooses to call us His children because of His love and His grace. He paid the price for our sins so that we can have a relationship with Him. But it is a relationship that we have to accept and we have participate in. God is always here, but we don’t always live as if He is. But we also need to remember who He is. God desires a relationship with us, but He is the exalted one, He is the One who is high and lifted up. It is a blessing to know Him. We have a relationship with God and we need to take it seriously.