What comes to mind when you think of the word prime? My math background brings the idea of prime numbers and how today’s date is prime (19). Every month there are between nine and eleven days that are prime (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31). In a leap year, there is an extra prime number in February. What makes a number prime you may ask, it is a number greater than 1 that can only be evenly divided by 1 and itself, which means no remainders allowed. So thinking of prime what can we do today that allows us to use what we have to the full and finish the day strong with nothing remaining? Do you have meetings to go to? Do you have presentations, documents, or code to write? Do you have calls or appointments to make? Do you have work or tasks or lists to review and get status on? Can you make a list of them all and get them done in a prime way? Not too many! Not too few! The goldilocks way, so that things are just right!
When you hear the word prime, do you think of shopping, savings, delivery, videos, music, ala Amazon Prime?
When you hear the word prime, do you think of transformers, ala Optimus Prime?
When you hear the word prime, do you think of the main thing, the thing of most importance?
When you hear the word prime, do you think of the excellent things, the things that are of the best possible quality?
When you hear the word prime, do you think of time or state, a time or state of greatest strength, vigor, or success in your life ala the prime of life?
When you hear the word prime, do you think of a time gone by when it was a word used in church to mean the first hour? First Hour, is one of the canonical hours of the Divine Office, said at the first hour of daylight (6:00 a.m. at the equinoxes but earlier in summer, later in winter), between the dawn hour of Lauds and the 9 a.m. hour of Terce. It remains part of the Christian liturgies of Eastern Christianity.
When you hear the word prime, do you think of the lens that comes with your camera that can’t zoom and can only give you one angle of view? A lens that can only give you a single focal length? A lens that has a wider, or “faster,” maximum aperture? A lens that gives you a sharper picture?
Whatever comes to mind when you hear the word, let’s consider how we can make today be right sized (not too big and not too small), let’s consider how we can make today a part of our prime of life (making the most of our today), and let’s consider how we can make today important since it is a gift from God!
Verse of the Day:
‘And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ‘Matthew 6:7-8
Before we jump into our study from Be The Dads, let’s continue reading from Matthew where we learn to pray Jesus’s way:
‘ “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’ ‘Matthew 6:9-13
Let’s invite God into our very situation and start our prayer by praising Him! Next, let’s ask God to provide for our needs today (aka daily bread). Next, let’s ask God to forgive us for any mistakes or sins that we are carrying and being held down or held back or participating or participated in. Next, let’s consider the people who have hurt or upset us and forgive them. Next, let’s ask God for His wisdom and strength, boldness and courage, to keep us from falling into the traps of the devil who is tempting us to mess up and sin, to help us see God’s way out when we are being tempted in order to be able to escape and remain free from such sins. Let’s then close thanking God and giving it all up into His hands, trusting Him.
Today’s post from “Be The Dads” is
Being Fathered By God – Day 1
So are you primed and ready? Are you praying God’s way? Is your heart in the right place? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Invite the Holy Spirit in to lead and guide you while providing peace and strength to press in and press on!