Pray for Believers to Seek First God’s Kingdom and Righteousness in Every Area of Life

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Mt 6:33, see also Ps 27:8; Mat 6:9-10; 2 Cor 7:1; Heb 12:14; Jas 5:16)

The Biblical and Historical Importance — It is God’s heart desire that His people focus on His kingdom and righteousness. In Matthew 6:33, God clearly defines the top priorities for every believer and church. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” In this foundational command, believers find God’s priority focus for their prayers. While our loving God certainly wants to bless His children, His central priorities are Christ’s eternal kingdom, righteousness and glory.

As perhaps never in history, believers are inundated with busyness and distractions. For many saints, Satan’s most effective ploy is “weapons of mass distraction.” Few generations have so evidenced the dangerous heart condition of the “word being choked by the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.” (Matthew 13:22) For many believers, the most damaging distractions are actually “good things” that are crowding out the “best.”

Today’s Church is tragically afflicted with the “Martha syndrome.” (Luke 10:38-42) I define this syndrome as being so busy working for God we spend very little time with Him in prayer, surrender and kingdom focus. When this becomes the pattern, our voluminous efforts are seriously lacking in full empowerment. And while many of our efforts may be biblical and right, they are seriously lacking in full empowerment of the Holy Spirit. (John 15:4-5) Though we are busier than ever, we see fewer and fewer lasting results.

When believers and churches become fully focused on expanding God’s kingdom, growing in righteousness, fervent prayer and spreading His glory, full blessing are the promised results and power! (Matthew 6:33) In a day of rampant materialism and self-seeking religious shallowness, revival depends much upon a renewed focus on Christ’s kingdom, righteousness and self surrender. Saints, we do not simply need “more” prayers. We need more prayers of the “right type, power and focus!” “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16b) We need hearts utterly committed to the sacrifice of true biblical discipleship, not a fleshly preoccupation with earthly blessings and comforts.

  • Gracious God, Your kingdom and righteousness are worthy to be sought above all else! Forgive us when our prayers are more on earthly needs than kingdom priorities. Forgive us when we prioritize personal gain over holiness and sacrificial service. Fill us O God with a passion to seek Your face and glorify Your name in all the earth. Teach us to place Your glory and kingdom above any costs revival might require. Thank You for Your promise of abundant grace and blessing. May Your kingdom expand and Your name be praised in all the earth.

  • Lord, You are worthy to be first in every area of my life. I repent of placing other concerns ahead of Your kingdom and righteousness. I now covenant to seek first Your kingdom and righteousness in all I pray and do. As a church, we commit to seek Your kingdom and righteousness above all else. Guard us from the shallowness and self-focus that can so easily become our practice. May Your kingdom advance and Your name be praised in all the earth!

(Praying God’s Heart in Times Like These! “A Covenant to Seek the Reviver Not Just Revival, © Dr. Gregory Frizzell, 2009, www.frizzellministries.org, www.masterdesign.org/frizzell.html, by permission from the author. Download Covenant)

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