Why does Matthew 6:33 make such a powerful prayer?

“May we seek Your kingdom and righteousness first in our lives.” (Matthew 6:33)

Why, with so many practical, material needs always present in our lives, would we suggest we pray this verse for each other, about seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness rather than His provision?

What makes this one simple verse a powerful and effective prayer?

Apart from the fact that this is the way we should all be living, the last half of this verse is a wonderful promise. It says when we seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first in our lives “all these things will be given” to us as well.

What things? In the context of this passage, in Matthew 6:25-32 Jesus is saying we should not worry about the basic necessities of life—what we’ll eat, what we’ll wear. Instead, we should seek God’s kingdom and righteousness before everything else, and what we need to meet our needs will be given to us.

If you want to strengthen this brief prayer even more, add “May we seek You and Your kingdom and righteousness first in our lives,” because those who seek the LORD lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10, italics added).

Finally, there is another great promise for those who seek God with their whole heart.

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

God isn’t hiding! We will find Him! If we seek . . .

Father, Help the ones who read this prayer to seek You and Your kingdom and righteousness as their priority every day, to make pleasing You the most important thing in their lives. Thank You for Your promise that when this is how we live, You will take care of our daily needs. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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