But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. — Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. — Matthew 6:33, emphasis added
Ever find yourself doing something that wasn’t your job because you felt you needed to control it or you could handle it better, only to end up frustrated?
In the chapter that brings us ‘The Lord’s Prayer,” we find one of the very first verses I remember learning as a child. To this day I can easily remember singing this verse in any number of church events I attended as a child.
As a child I understood the importance of seeking first His kingdom—but from a child’s perspective. Now as a married husband and father, I have a deeper understanding of the struggle this verse can be.
The verses preceding this passage warn us not to be anxious about life, food, and clothing, not to pray in arrogant ways, not to store up treasures on earth, not to be like the hypocrites. Finally, at the end of the “do nots” we come to the “but” of verse 33.
Don’t do all these things BUT instead do this.
We strive hard to make ourselves look good, look spiritual, look pulled together, look worthy. We worry about if we have all the stuff we need to meet the demands of this life until we end up in a place of anxiety. BUT maybe we needed to be reminded to return to the simple truth of seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness. As as we do, we see He will take care of all those things we thought we had to handle, as we find out the truth—it wasn’t ever our job.
We thank you for the many provisions of this life and humbly ask for your forgiveness for the times our focus shifts from the Giver to the gifts. May our priorities both individually and collectively be securely found in you. When the worries of life try to drive a wedge between us and you, we ask for the wisdom and strength to recall our highest priority—seeking first your kingdom. May we cease trying to arrogantly prove our own self worth, humbly choosing instead to seek your righteousness and, once again, learn to trust in you. Let us live within the peace of your provisions for our life and our marriage. In Jesus’ name. Amen#MarriagePrayers: May our priorities be securely found in You. (Matthew 6:33) @hummin4him Click To Tweet
Thank you for joining us for #MarriagePrayers: 31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage. Scott and I will be sharing a new verse and prayer every day throughout May, leading up to our 20th anniversary on June 1. You can find every day’s post indexed here. We pray you will be encouraged and challenged as you pray God’s Word for your marriage.
Another fun picture of us … this one is from a trip to St. Augustine in the fall of 2008.