Prayer, Praise and Spiritual Warfare

Seeking the Lord

God wants us to have FACE to FACE fellowship with Him. 

This is of  the very nature of the Godhead: 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word (Jesus-the Son) was with ('pros' = face to face with) God (the Father), and the Word was God' (John1:1). 

Eternally the Father and Son are face to face in loving fellowship. Jesus came that we could join in that face to face fellowship (John 17:20-23).

 

The Lord's face is shining in grace and love towards us (Num 6:25, Psa31:16; 67:1; 80:3,7,19; 119:35). Unbelievers have their hearts covered by a veil so they cannot see and receive the light of God's love shining from the face of Jesus Christ (2Cor 4:3-6). 

'Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.' 

Christians however often have their face turned away from the Lord. 

They are out of fellowship, looking to natural things and miss the glory of God. We need to turn our eyes back on the Lord and seek His face. 

'Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!' (Ps 105:3).

 

Prayer is the foundation of every successful Christian endeavour. 

It is essential for you to find and fulfil your destiny.

 

Prayer is to SEEK the Lord both: 

(1) to seek His face and 

(2) to seek His hands (answers to prayer).

 

'Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face forevermore!' (Ps 105:4; 1Chronicles 16:11). 

Notice the two parts, both good: 

(1) Seek the Lord for Himself 

and (2) Seek His strength, power and help. 

But then we are told which should come first: 'seek His face forevermore.' In fact when we find and know the Lord we find He is our strength, our health victory and  life.

 

God is calling us to seek Him because: 

(1) He wants fellowship with us: 

'When You said, 'Seek My face' My heart said to You: 'Your face, LORD, I will seek' (Ps 27:8) 

and (2) He want to release His grace to and through us: 'if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land' (2Chr 7:14).

 

Seeking the Lord does not just happen by accident, you have to purpose (commit) to do it: 'Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me' (Hosea 5:15). 

If you don't your life will start going in the wrong direction: 'He did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the LORD' (2Chronicles 12:14).

 

You can seek God in faith knowing that your life will be changed for the better: 'Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.' (Hebrews 11:6)

'The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing' (Ps 34:10).

 

God's plans for our life are good: 'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.' 

 

But they do not come to pass automatically. We must seek Him and pray out God's plans and purposes for our life and ministry: 

'Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity' (Jer 29:11-14). 

This is God's absolute promise that those who seek God and His will and power with a sincere heart will find Him (see Matt 7:7). If you set your heart to seek God there is no way your life will not change and move into Divine empowerment, blessing and Destiny!

 

We must give time to seek the Lord. 

'Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: 'My way is hidden from the LORD, and my just claim is passed over by my God'? (people say, 'God has forgotten me' but they need to seek Him!) 

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Keep silence before Me, O coastlands and let the people renew their strength! Let them come near, then let them speak' (Isaiah 39:27-40:1).

 

'Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.' Seek Him now before it is too late, before your life takes the wrong turn. Your eternal destiny and character depends on your choices now to seek Him or go your own way.

 

As you seek Him get ready for Him to make changes in you: 

'Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts' (He will reveal attitudes and ways that need changing if you are to go forward and increase in God) 'let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon' (as we repent and confess our sins He is merciful to forgive and cleanse us). 'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.' God's ideas, ways and plans are so much better and bigger than ours, so we should let go of our small and limited thinking and let Him renew our minds, so that we think God's thoughts.  When we are in agreement with Him, His power can flow.

 

'For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, 

that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 

so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth...' 

When we seek God, our ears become open to hear Him speaking to us. 

His Word comes down like the rain falling on the soil of our hearts. 

His Word and thoughts enter our heart, transforming us, causing us to be fruitful and blessed with new life. 

'.... it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.' 

God sends His words down from Heaven like rain, for a purpose. They are containers of powerful blessing sent to impart and bring forth life. But to accomplish this they must first be received into the heart (as rain is received by the ground). Then they work powerfully and invisibly under the ground (in the heart) producing good fruit. Then the water rises to the heaven (evaporation) completing the cycle. Likewise, the process is complete when we return God's Word to Heaven. He sends it down, we receive it and then send it back to God by declaring it and speaking it out in our prayers, praises and confessions.   The promise is that when God's Word is received by a believing heart and returned to Him by a confessing mouth it will accomplish its purpose and release its power. When it goes full circle, it will not return to God void!

 

The result will be:'You shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands' (Isaiah 55:6-11).

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