Do you ever make lists of things you need to do? I used to when I was younger. I loved to make lists. I would always do the quick and easy things first, just to get the satisfaction of marking them off. However, there was one activity that I never put on my list.
Our relationship with the Lord is not a to do list item to be marked off each day. In Him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28). The Lord is our very breath and sustenance. Colossians 3:3 says, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Jeremiah 10:23 says, “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.” We may think we are in charge of our lives, but anything we do independent of God is in our own strength. We know from John 15:5 that apart from Him we can do nothing.
David wrote Psalm 5. Here are two verses I would like to bring to your attention. Verse 3 says, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” Verse 8 says, “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before my face.” Both verses address our acknowledgement of the Lord as our priority.
Psalm 62:5 Amplified says, “My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.” Since the Lord directs every step we take when we are submitted to Him, we do well to wait for His direction.
Here is one of my favorite ways to pray. It comes from Habakkuk 2:1. I see myself acting out this verse as I approach my quiet time. It says, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.” Psalm 16:8 says, “I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”
We acknowledge Him by placing Him first in our thoughts. We breathe in His Presence continually because He is Ever Present. We verbally or mentally recognize His constant involvement and orchestration throughout our day. Thanking Him, asking Him for wisdom before we make a decision, and leaning on Him for inner strength are just a few ways. Remember, nothing in our lives is without His notice.
Here is another of my favorite ways to pray. Psalm 25:4-5 says, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” May the Lord be your constant priority.