If I were to ask you the three most important things in the universe, how would you answer? Would your answer involve you, include you or implicate you? Would it be some political agenda, a humanitarian effort, or peace in hostile environments? Pause for a moment and think what response you would offer to that question.
The answer is found in the model prayer of Jesus which is part of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:9-13:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 rAnd lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
There are six requests in this prayer and the six are divided up into two sets of three. And in the first set of three, we discover the three most important things in the universe. They are HIS NAME, HIS KINGDOM, and HIS WILL! What is really important is the Glorification of His Name, the Growth of His Kingdom, and Governing of His Will. Not that it simply be true in all the universe but firstly and primarily that it would be true in my heart. Are these things the three most important things in my life? Are these things what I desire and what I pursue on a daily basis? Or am I spending my energy and time on things of much lessor importance?
So the first three petitions are the reasons for the second three. We are to pray for daily bread, forgiveness, and help in our fight against sin. We ask for health, for hope and for holiness so that we might pursue the hallowing of His Name, the Coming of his Kingdom, and the exercising of His Will. It seems my life is to be consumed with Him. My existence is for His glory. My happiness is tied to His Holiness. He is important and I am not!
Lord, grant it to be so in my life in 2011!