“Strive First for the Kingdom of God”
Grant, O God, that we strive first for the kingdom of God in a way similar to that in which we strive for the air we breathe; grant that we realize instinctively our need for it and that we receive naturally the gift of it.
Show us, O God, that just as going without air will leave us gasping for it so will going without your kingdom leave us gasping for the peace, the wholeness, the soundness, the relationships, and the meaning that constitute real life.
Remind us, O God, that in the same way that as long as we have air all other things pertaining to our physical lives are possible so as long as we are in your kingdom all other things pertaining not only to our physical lives but also to our spiritual lives will be ours to the degree that and in the proportion that we really need them.
“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)