Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. (Psalm 105:3)
What are you looking for in life? Be careful what you look for. The Bible tells us that those who seek will find. But you might be seeking wrong things. If you are looking to be rich, you may well end up rich, but also tremendously unhappy and burdened down by the things of this world. You may be looking for fame, for recognition of your accomplishments. In the process of finding that recognition on earth, you may well lose the praise of heaven.
Many have just quit seeking. Living lives of quiet desperation, they simply hope to avoid disaster or pain. Sometimes even Christians can find themselves in the rut of everyday life, with the only thing they are looking for being heaven some day. The pressures of life have stifled desire of any significance, and life is just something to be endured.
Did you know that God never intended for us to live this way? God is actually looking for the discontented. He is looking for seekers, those whose desires are always going beyond the confines of daily life. In 2 Chronicles 16:9 the Word says, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” The same concept is expressed in Psalm 14:2, “The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” I don’t know about you, but I want to be found by the God who is looking for seekers.
Father, so many people are looking for so many things…but only one thing is needed for life in this world, and that is You! Show me how to be content with what I have, and to treasure all that You have blessed me with. Give me a deep desire to seek You, to be drawn more deeply into Your presence day by day. Keep my ears open and attentive to Your voice, my eyes open and watchful for Your movement around me, and my spirit committed to being found by You. Here I am, Lord! Use me in whatever way You desire! I will not be content with anything less than all You have for me!
–Adapted from the article “A Seeking Heart” by Dave Butts, author of Desperate for Change: 40 Days of Prayer for America. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Give praise to the one who has created love, the one who is the very heart and nature of love (1 Jn. 4:16). Thank God for his love for you—a deeply personal love that will never let you go (Rom. 8:38-39). Confess those times when you have been unable to receive and return God’s love for you this past week. Commit yourself to meditating daily on God’s strong love for you. Ask him to fill you with the knowledge of his love, so that you may be filled with the fullness of God (Eph. 3:17-19).
Pray that your congregation will be so saturated and overwhelmed with a sense of God’s love that you will reach out to your neighborhood with a love that is unmistakably Christlike.