Who do we put first?

This morning as I was preparing to start my morning prayer time, I was thinking about a list of people, friends and relatives, whom I see as needing a living relationship with the Lord, or a better one. I was suddenly aware that I needed to pray for myself in that regard. The truth is that I need a better relationship with Jesus. Frankly, I need to know Him better–much better. I may be correct in seeing the needs of others, but I definitely need to deal with my own problems first. In John 17, Jesus prayed for His disciples and then for “those who will believe in Me through their message (us).” However, Jesus prayed for Himself first, before He prayed for us. He thanked God for their relationship and prayed that we would have the same relationship with Him as He had with His Father, that we would be one with Him. What an awesome thought. God is to be trusted to point us in the right direction if we will pay attention. I’m glad he did what He did this morning. He cares about our relationship with Him, all of us.