In Matthew 6, Jesus speaks to the crowds about the motivation for giving (vs. 1-4); He teaches about how to pray (vs. 5-15); the godly attitude for fasting (vs.16-18); and He instructs the crowd about worry and anxiety (vs. 19-34). One of the most often quoted verses in the passage is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” ESV
In this simple verse, there is a summation of the entire chapter – focus on seeking Him. Not seeking Him for this or that, but seeking Him. In verse 31, He cautions us not to be anxious – don’t let anxiety gain entrance into your life. Don’t worry about what is or isn’t happening around you – instead, take that worry to God in prayer. But be careful not to disconnect from the idea of “do not worry”. Sometimes, we will take worry and transplant it from one place to another. We will take our anxieties and our worries and we will turn them into prayers. It seems spiritual enough, because after all, we have been commanded to cast our anxieties on Him, right? But please note that we have never been commanded to pray worrisome prayers. We’ve been commanded to stop worrying, and pray faith-filled prayers. The worrisome prayer is the prayer that begs God to enter a situation, and then question why He hasn’t done it yet. The worrisome prayer is all about doom, and is a verbal reminder to God that the current situation is hopeless. The faith-filled prayer is one that confesses worry as a sin, and proclaims the promises of God over a situation. The faith-filled prayer is one that embraces a moment when the power of God is the only option left on the table. When God is all we have left, then think about how much more He will be glorified in the process! Faith-filled prayers are not about complaining; faith-filled prayers are about proclaiming! Greater is He who is in you; He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it; He works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
In Matthew 6:33, it doesn’t say, “seek God first, and then seek everything else.” Instead, it says, “seek Him – and He will add to your life everything else you need.” Seek Him – and you don’t have to worry.