6 Key Times to Seek God
Are you looking for something more today? More faith? More love? More revelation and wisdom? More patience and kindness? Or how about healing? Deliverance? Financial freedom? A relationship? Promotion? We’re all looking for something, and if you’re not…you should be! When we’re looking for something more in life, something better than our current condition, we should look to God, His Word and His promises.
God always has something more planned for us than whatever our current situation is, whether it’s good or bad. If you’re looking for something more in any part of your life, no matter what it is, God is the place to start.
According to Ephesians 3:20, MEV, God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or imagine in our lives, but we often limit Him because we don’t think He will do that for us. God is not a respecter of persons, and what He will do for one person, He will do for another (Acts 10:34-35; Romans 2:11). We should be diligently seeking God, endeavoring to do what He asks, and stepping out in faith to walk in the plans and good works for which He created us.
Take a look at these six key times to seek God in your life:
1. Seek God When You’re Lost.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” –Isaiah 55:6-7, NASB
Are you feeling lost and don’t know what to do? Do you desire a better life? Are you looking for answers? Have you made so many mistakes, you’re not sure what to do next? Are you ready to stop living your own way, and start living God’s way?
If the answer is yes, then it’s time for you to seek God, maybe for the first time in your life. Or maybe you need to recommit your life to God and start living for Him again. Either way, God sent Jesus to die on the cross so that you could be forgiven of your sins and have an authentic relationship with Him. He is waiting for you with open arms!
Romans 10:9, ESV, says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
Once you make Jesus the Lord of your life, a miracle happens, and you become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Begin reading your Bible, and seeking God with your whole heart. He will begin giving you answers to your life, and you will never be the same!
2. Seek God When You Need Healing and Deliverance.
“He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.” –1 Peter 2:24
Do you desire better health? Do you need deliverance from disease, addiction or depression? If you said yes to any of these, there is good news! Jesus came to destroy all the works of the devil and to bring healing to our whole being—spirit, soul and body.
First Peter 2:24 says that He personally carried our sins on the cross, so that we could live for what is right. It also says that by His wounds we were healed. If you were healed, then you are healed! Jesus bore your sin, sickness, disease and sorrow on the cross more than 2,000 years ago—it’s already done! Jesus’ last words on the cross were, “It is finished.”
What does this mean? You have the power to live a healed life now because of the work Jesus did on the cross. Your salvation, your healing, your freedom from addiction and depression…they have already been provided for. Jesus did it all, and there is nothing more to do except to receive it all by faith.
Meditate upon 1 Peter 2:24 and seek God concerning your healing and deliverance. God has many promises in His Word concerning this topic. Search them out. Believe God, and don’t let go of what Christ died to give you!
3.Seek God When You’re in Need of Things.
“Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” –Matthew 6:31-33, NKJV
You may be looking for improved finances, material possessions or everyday needs, such as food, furniture, clothing, housing, etc. Perhaps you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, trying to figure out how you’re going to feed and clothe your family.
Jesus offers us a key to receiving these things in Matthew 6:31-33. First, He says not to worry, and then He says above all else to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to us.
What’s that mean? It means we shouldn’t seek the things, but instead we should seek out God’s ways of doing things. Seek His kingdom first. When you do that, you’re on your way to “things” being added to you.
4. Seek God When You’re Planning Your Future.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.’” –Jeremiah 29:11-13
Trying to decide what to do with your life? Who to marry? Where to live and work? What vacation to take? Let God help you! He has an amazing plan for your life. When He knit you together in your mother’s womb, He was thinking about all the things He was creating you for (Psalm 139:13).
You were created on purpose, for a purpose. In fact, the Bible says that every day of your life was recorded in God’s book in heaven. Here’s what Psalm 139:16 says:
“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
God has already planned a good life for you, but you have a responsibility to find out what it is. Jeremiah 29:11-13 gives a clue as to how. It says that you should pray and look for God with your whole heart. He promises that you will find Him, and then, He will reveal His purpose and plans to your heart.
5. Seek God for Your Heart’s Desire.
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” –Psalm 37:4
Do you have desire or dream in your heart? Maybe it’s to have a Christian spouse or to have children. Perhaps, you’re looking to start the career of your dreams. Or maybe you long for restored relationships, salvation for a loved one, or a deeper revelation from God. Perhaps, you’re passionate about doing greater works and exploits for the Lord.
Whatever it is, God wants to give you the godly desires of your heart. When you’re in right relationship with God and seeking Him, God will literally put desires that are pleasing to Him in your heart, so that you will be compelled to fulfill the plans and purposes He has for you.
When you delight yourself in the Lord, He promises to fulfill all the desires of your heart. How do you delight in the Lord? You willingly seek His face. You read His Word and obey His commands out of love for Him.
6. Seek God When Nothing Seems to Be Happening.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” –Matthew 7:7-8
Have you heard the phrase, “Keep on keepin’ on”? Well, this is what Jesus was saying in Mathew 7:7-8. You will find what you’re looking for if you are persistent, and if you don’t give up on God’s Word. Remember, all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ Jesus with a resounding “Yes!” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Even when the promise doesn’t appear right away, stay strong in your faith by seeking God and putting His Word in your eyes and ears. Determine to not give up on anything God has promised you.
Galatians 6:9 puts it this way, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Ask God. Seek God. Knock on God’s door. He’s ready to help you, answer you, and give to you. He’s not holding back. You won’t ever regret it because He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)!
These six are common times to seek God, but the truth is, we should be seeking God about everything and above everything else in life—all day, every day. Have you discovered some things you should seek God for? When you make Him top priority in every area of your life, He is faithful to honor you, lead you, and give you the desires of your heart.
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