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In our American culture today, we treat reading the Bible and praying as an add-on. We go about our daily lives and if we get time, or when we get time, we will do these things. I mean after-all, we do want to do them, right?

But Gracie has soccer and Lucy has ballet and David has football.  Sometimes we even find it hard to fit in church, much less read or pray on a daily basis.  And then we begin to wonder why God seems so far away.  And we have to stretch out to reach Him in times of distress or need.

But God says, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Joshua 1:8

And “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

And “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

making time 

When we aren’t in close touch with our Father, we come at the world from a behind-the-curve viewpoint.  As Christine Caine says, we aren’t looking at the world through resurrection lenses. We work in the world as if we are trying to attain a victory, as if we can fail, when God has already attained the victory through Jesus Christ being crucified and resurrected.  Instead, we should act as if we are coming from a place of victory and whatever we do in Jesus’ name will be blessed.  And as we know, God is all about being first in our lives, first fruits, and all.

All that to say, if we do seek Him first, if we do know what His good and perfect will is for our lives, we can’t lose!

I know that my life didn’t change, my thought processes didn’t start aligning with God until after  I made it a priority.  I didn’t start hearing His voice clearly amid the chaos that can be my life until I made a decision to put Him first. So today, make it a purpose in your mind, be decisive and make it a thing, to start reading and praying and listening. You’ll be surprised how amazing it feels and how your cares will change and disappear when you keep your eyes on Jesus!