As we come to the close of our second week of iPray, I want to remind you why we are beginning 2012 with prayer and fasting.
The issue is NOT why we are praying and fasting, but why we are beginning the year doing so. The reason is because of the biblical principle of “First Fruits.” This principle is found all throughout scripture, in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
While the principle is primarily a stewardship principle, it has a broader application. The Hebrew meaning of First Fruits is “the first in place, time, order, or rank.” God wants first place in every area of our lives, and He blesses us when we give Him first place.
One of the most familiar promises as it relates to this principle is found in Matthew 6:33, “Seek you first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Putting God first is the primary step in bringing our life into proper alignment. God is a God of order and if He is not first, the rest of our life will be out of proper order. Let me give you a simple illustration using the acronym F.I.R.S.T.
God wants to be first in our:
F – finances – this recognizes God’s ownership and our management of our resources
I – interest – this keeps our interest – (hobbies, friends, etc.), from becoming idols
S – schedules – this makes Christ a part of our life everyday
T – troubles – where we turn in trouble shows who or what we trust
How does this relate to iPray? As we fast and pray during the first days of a new year, we are setting a pattern and fulfilling a principle that brings God’s blessing for the rest of the year.
Beginning the New Year with prayer and fasting is a biblical and practical means of establishing God as first in our life for the rest of 2012. One of the most important things that God will do in your life during iPray is bring your priorities into alignment with His Word. Having the proper priorities prevents a lot of problems in our lives.
2012 will be a blessed year because of your participation in iPray.
P.S. Don’t forget to take advantage of the prayer and fasting resources found at http://www.awake21.org.