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Devotional Bible Study: Seeking God First | Matthew 6:33.

Welcome to Day 21. for one of our short powerful devotions from the 31 Bible Verses About Practicing The Presence Of God. This short devotional is based on Matthew 6:33.

Read Matthew 6:33.

"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."

Matthew 6:33 is part of Jesus' teaching on the Sermon on the Mount. The previous bible verses are so encouraging if you are filled with anxiety. Jesus has just given an animated teaching about God's provision. Jesus wants His followers to understand how carefully God watches over them and us and that He is aware of their every need!

Matthew 6:33 begins the third part of our 31 Bible Verses About Practicing The Presence Of God. Over the next 11 days, we will be studying 11 Bible verses about seeking God. So make sure to catch all 31 devotionals. You can see the list HERE.

Join me below for a short devotional and we will discuss how to seek God and join me in prayer too at the bottom of the post!

Short Devotional: Seeking God First

It is so important to seek God first in all things. It is actually a very wise thing to do.

When you seek God first, you gain His perspective and it may even give you such clarity when making choices and decisions that it changes your original plans.

What does it mean to seek God?

There are numerous commands throughout the Bible to seek God. Obviously, it doesn't mean that the people of that time misplaced God and had to search for Him. They already knew Yahweh.

So why were the Israelites commanded to seek God?

It is a matter of a passionate heart for God. It is all about people passionately seeking the presence of God.

To seek God means to pursue God relentlessly in place of other less valuable things. Here is a wonderful scriptural promise:

"And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

How to seek God

So how do we pursue God?

I have compiled a list (which is not exhaustive!) on steps to seeking God:

  1. Read your Bible daily. It is a living, breathing letter from God straight to your heart! Take your time with it. With our bible reading plans, I am encouraging you to take 1 or 2 bible verses and to meditate on them throughout the day. Use the links in these devotionals to get more background information on some of the Hebrew words and the context of the portions of scripture that we are reading.

  2. Seek God's presence throughout the day. Consciously invite God into all your situations. I love to pray before I drive and while I am driving. I am amazed at some of the conversations that come up, that I didn't even know were lurking in my heart. I have also avoided a few accidents because I was listening to that still voice of God prompting me to slow down or speed up!

  3. Sitting in silence. Another awesome way to practice the presence of God is to sit and listen for His voice. To be honest, this for me is not the easiest thing to do. I find it hard to sit still in silence and not let my mind wander but when you sit still and actively listen for God's words sweeping over your heart, you will be so blessed!

  4. Spend time with other believers. Meet with them regularly within the church and in small groups. Encourage each other with God's words of truth. Build each other up in Christ.

  5. Seeking God in prayer. Pray about everything at all times. Seek God's perspective in all your situations. Remember our verse today, Matthew 6:33. We are called to seek God first and then He promises to give us what we need. This promise refers to our basic daily needs. It may be food or a home, or clothes. I have seen God provide for my family miraculously with items for daily living. God has provided wood for our fire, money for bills that had not even arrived yet, that I had forgotten to set money aside for. God even provided vouchers for us to buy Christmas presents for our family when my husband was training for church ministry!

Have you more tips to share about how to seek God?

Remember God watches over you and He is aware of your every need.

Use the following questions to help you go deeper into what God is saying to you through our bible verse today and download our free guided prayer journal to help you sit still and seek God's presence. You will find it in our Resource Library.

Today's devotional is based on Matthew 6:33 which is from our Practicing The Presence Of God: 31 Presence Of God Scriptures Plan. You will find a free printable PDF of 31 scriptures about God's presence in the Resource Library. It has a bible reading plan, guided prayer, and gratitude journal. Download this free printable or grab a notebook and answer the following questions.

What is God saying to you through this verse?

What burdens do you need to surrender to God and trust Him with?

Write out your prayer request.