Today's reading

I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer. –Psalm 120:1 NLT

August 28, 2023

Seek The Lord First

I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer. –Psalm 120:1 NLT

Are you in the habit of sharing your issues with others before bringing them to the Lord? It is scriptural to have others pray on your behalf. However, many of your concerns can be brought to God without a middle person. You can take your troubles directly to the Lord and share them with Him privately. Afterward, if you’re still uneasy about something, it may then be the better time to ask others to pray with you. God loves when His children seek Him first through prayer rather than seeking others first. On the flip side, are there those who perpetually come to you with one urgent prayer request after the next? They’ve fallen into the habit of asking you to pray for them repeatedly? If so, perhaps the next time they ask you to pray, you can politely ask them if they prayed to God first. People can easily form a pattern of running to others with their troubles while overlooking the opportunity they have to seek God first. Be watchful that you don’t become someone’s mini-god. Instead, point them to the One who knows their troubles. If needed, pray with them, teaching them to pray. As they take their troubles to the Lord, you can share in the joy God brings them.

prayer focuses

Thank the Lord that you can go directly to His throne to share your troubles.

Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for those who have asked you to pray for them.


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Barbara Alpert

Barbara is a wife, mother, and grandma who seeks to love the LORD with all her heart, soul & strength. She has authored several books for adults and children. She enjoys mentoring other writers and seeing them turn their manuscripts into published masterpieces for God's glory. She believes that every person has a God-story within them to be told and shared.