Setting priorities is part of what makes some people more successful than others. A priority is something we give special attention, ahead of anything else. But what does setting priorities have to do with prayer?

Jesus taught His disciples to pray with priority by saying, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (6:10). Do your prayers reflect the priority of heaven?

These days, I hear a lot of praying in the church for brother Bob’s upcoming hernia surgery or the pain in sister Sue’s elbow. There is nothing wrong with such prayers for healing; the Bible tells us to pray for the sick (James 5:14). However, the Jesus way to pray prioritizes God’s kingdom before any of our physical needs.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG