Key Verse: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
It is natural, for us to want to learn “secrets of success” when it comes to prayer. Nevertheless, success in prayer is not getting God to do whatever we may desire; but real success in prayer is in seeking God’s will to be accomplished. Prayer should not become self-serving, it’s crucial we become believers who are fully committed to God’s plans alone—to His will and His rule.
As that commitment becomes true of us, then the promise of Matthew 6:33 also becomes real to us: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
The word ‘seek’ here is Zeteo. It means to seek, as in to worship God with all one’s heart, totally and completely. Peter calls us to cast every care upon the Lord (see 1 Peter 5:7). The basis for this act of prayer is founded on the knowledge of the Lord’s love. That’s the starting place, the foundation for praying in faith. When Peter talks about casting this word has to do with throwing or hurling, a graphic picture of throwing something far away. Casting should not be thought of as a laying down of care, but more the throwing away of care.
The enemy of our prayer life will often suggest that not get what we want means unanswered prayer. You will hear his whisper, “you’ll not get your needs met, something bad will happen—and you deserve it!” But as we allow the truth of God’s Word to shape our thinking, we will find ourselves knowing that our loving Father will not answer our prayers with a rock, a snake, or a scorpion (Matthew 7:9-11). Rather, God answers our prayers in the best way he can, in His will being done.