Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
And His righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Man shall not live by bread alone
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God
Ask and it shall be given unto you
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you
These are the iconic words of a Christian song that has been sung all over the world by (mostly) children. They are simple but bold words, and represent direct quotes from Jesus our Lord. They are words that seem too good to be true. They are counter to the world’s understanding of reality, and really take child-like faith, even for Christians, to believe. But, the life that we are called to—being on mission for God—requires us to believe and walk out those words in faith.
In Scripture, they appear in order as follows:
Matthew 4:2-4 - And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 6:31-34 - Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 7:7-11 - “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Over the next 2 nights, as we gather, let’s continue to pray into these areas:
Greater vigilance that comes from reliance on God, as opposed to the comforts of this world.
Freedom from anxiety through seeking first the Kingdom
Asking, knocking, and seeking with our Father for good gifts and for His Kingdom to come in its fullness
May His presence be sufficient for you in your hunger! God bless, and see you tonight.