Put God first. “Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments,” Matthew 22:37-40.
Pray as Christ leads. The Lord’s Prayer or Our Father provides an outline with each phrase a reminder. As Jesus instructed:
“Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name..
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom
and the power and the glory forever.
Amen,” Matthew 6:9-15.
Don’t worry! “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all you need will be given to you as well,” Matthew 6:33.
Take the initiative in relationships. “And so, if you bring your gift to the altar and recall that someone has something against you, leave your gift there and go! First be reconciled with your brother or sister. Then come and offer your gift,” Matthew 5:23–24.
Be honest with yourself. “How can you say to someone, ‘Let me get that speck out of your eye,’ when you fail to see a board in your own eye? Hypocrite! First take the timber out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from someone else’s eye,” Luke 6:42.
Wait on other people. “Jesus called His Followers to Him and said, ‘If you want first place, go last and be the servant of all’,” Mark 9:35.
Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2018, prayer-a-phrased the above scriptures from verses found on Bible Gateway.