I heard a worship song the other day that was so impactful, I cried! Big ole’ crocodile tears. It’s Lauren Daigle’s new song “First.” Have you heard it? Let me share a few lyrics:

Before I bring my need

I will bring my heart

Before I lift my cares

I will lift my arms

I wanna know You

I wanna find You

In every season

In every moment

Before I bring my need

I will bring my heart

And seek You First

Those first couple of lines hit me square between the eyes. “Before I bring my need, I will bring my heart.” How often do we find ourselves treating God like He’s our genie? “I’m only going to go to Him when I have a need or when someone around me has a need. Other than that, I’m good on my own,” we may think. Okay, maybe none of us have consciously thought that, but think about your prayer life. How often is it filled with praises and thanksgiving? And how often is it filled with only requests? Of course, it isn’t bad to bring our requests before God, but if that’s all we ever do, we may be seeing God as more of our genie than our Savior.

Our only acknowledgement of God should not be for our needs. We should bow before Him, offering ourselves to Him daily. Even Jesus pointed out to His disciples the need to deny ourselves, and take up their cross for Him. Matthew 16:24 says, “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’” We should start every day offering our lives, our hearts, our minds, our decisions, our everything to Jesus; taking up our cross daily to follow Him. This Christianity thing isn’t just a walk down the aisle, one time prayer prayed; it’s a daily relationship and commitment to Christ.

I know for me I am thankful for the grace Christ pours out on my life. I try to never ever take advantage of that grace, but I know He shows it to me abundantly. I don’t always offer up myself to Him before I ask for things… especially when they’re things causing such anxiety in my heart. But my prayer is that I take these words to heart and truly offer myself to the Lord before I ever ask anything for myself. God can make anything happen, and He wants us to pray with FAITH, for sure. But we should not be treating him like He’s just there to make our lives comfortable and answer all our wants and needs. He is not our God to be our genie. He’s our God to be in relationship with Him that brings glory unto Himself.

My hope for all of you (and myself) today is that we bow before our rightful King in submission, offering ourselves to Him for today before we ever ask for anything. I hope I give Him PRAISE and thanksgiving regularly and that my life, speech, and even the way I pray brings glory to Him. What a sweet Savior we have!