– Matthew 6:33
Seeking the Kingdom
When Jesus’ disciples came up to Jesus to ask Him a question, they didn’t ask how to heal or how to walk on water or even how to preach. They asked Jesus how to pray (Luke 11:1) since they saw with their own eyes how often Jesus was in prayer and in close fellowship with the Father. They wanted that and so should we so how do we do that? In the model prayer or the patter of our prayers, Jesus told the disciples to ask that God’s name be hallowed or held in reverence (Matt 6:9) and to pray for the kingdom to come (Matt 6:10), but also for our daily needs, to forgive others, and keep us from the evil one (Matt 6:11-13).
Seeking His Righteousness
Jesus says that we’re to first seek the kingdom of God but more than that, we’re to seek the very righteousness of God but how can we do that since we all fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23) and none of us are good in ourselves (Rom 3:10-12)? We cannot attain our own righteousness so here’s how to solve our standing before God. It is found in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 where the Apostle Paul writes that it was “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Seeking His Will
Again, we refer to the pattern of prayer as shown by Jesus that His will be done in our lives here on earth as it’s already being done in heaven (Matt 6:10). Some of the will of God is obvious like Paul’s writing, “this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1st Thess 4:3-5).
If we have needs, we only need to remember to seek God’s kingdom first and foremost in our lives; to seek to live holy lives; and to seek the will of God above our own desires and will, for nothing in the will of God is ever bad for us because we have God’s promise that all things will work out for our ultimate best (Rom 8:28).