Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
Matthew 6:33 NLT
I recently just completed a 21 days Daniel fast…I remember so clearly while I was getting ready for work one morning. As I stepped out of the shower, attempting to clean my teeth, at the same time trying to say one or two words in prayer, then Lauren Daigle song “First” came to my heart. I felt a strong prompting from the Holy Spirit.
Before you bring your needs, before you speak a word – have you truly brought your heart?
This really got me thinking about the true intention behind my fasting…is it to seek God or for me tick off my prayer requests on my list?
In today’s culture, there are countless enticements that pull us away from truly seeking God. It is my belief that, second only to salvation, seeking God is the most important aspect of the Christian life…to truly know God: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13. Very few of us ever experience this close relationship with God because it involves things such as humility, dying to self, vibrant prayer, and heartfelt worship. This isn’t meant to discourage you, but to convict you. Conviction is a wonderful gift from God used to turn the heart back to Him. Like He did to me.
So what does it really mean to truly seek God first practically?
Daniel is such a great example to summarize what I’ve been rambling on about. Lets quickly go back to the story of Daniel. The bible recorded that Daniel prayed three times a day.
“Daniel always prayed to God three times every day. Three times every day, he bowed down on his knees to pray and praise God.”
This shows us that Daniel was intentionally seeking the face of God and not only that, but it also establishes the fact that Daniel seeks God first in everything, Hence praying three times a day. He understood he is simply unable to function without God.
Now I’m not saying you should pray three times a day. Actually what I am trying to draw your attention to is how Daniel was Continually seeking God first. Daniel had consciously fixed and focused his mind’s attention and his heart on God.
Seeking God first is a conscious effort to get through to God Himself.
If you remember when King Nebuchadnezzar wanted to kill all the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and astrologers in the land because they could not tell him or interpret his dream. What did Daniel say? He said, let me seek my God first. (Daniel Chapter 2)
“Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.”
1 Chronicles 22:19
Going back to Daniel, one other thing that struck me is this, Daniel was so HUMBLE. Daniel wasn’t just a person of prayer, he was a man of True Humility before God. Think of the integrity and the hunger you see in Daniel as he prays three times a day on his knees before God.
He wasn’t demanding anything of the Lord; three times a day. He humbly sought after God and worshipped Him. Then God revealed things to him.
The Bible says it this way: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time” 1 Peter 5:6
Seek God above everything, and He will give you everything you need.
“Don’t seek answers; seek God. And the answers will seek you.”
– Mark Batterson