Prayer Focus: Oman

Bible Reading: Malachi 1-4; Psalm 50

Scripture

“You place defiled food on my altar.

“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’

“By saying that the LORD’s table is contemptible. When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the LORD Almighty. (Malachi 1:7-8)

Observation

God required the best animals for sacrifices. He did not want scraps and leftovers, which is exactly what He was given. The people, perhaps, thought God wouldn’t notice—or care. He did. He knows a lot—everything! He not only saw their sacrifices, He knew their wicked and selfish hearts.

Application

Do we give God our best? Does He get the first fruits of our labor, our best time, our best energy, our best talents, our best gifts? Do we offer our tithes and offerings before we pay bills, or only give when we have extra money at the end of the month? These are seriously important questions that address not only true worship but true relationship with God.

Prayer

LORD, I want to give You my best. I know I don’t always do so, and I am so sorry. Forgive me for offering scraps and leftovers to You when You deserve nothing but the highest priority and quality of everything I am and possess. Have mercy on me, LORD, for the countless times I have failed You, and give me a greater desire to love, honor, and worship You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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