But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Matthew 6:33, Amplified Bible. (emphasis added)
The Kingdom of God is God’s system of operation or how He does business. One of the primary ways we seek the Kingdom is through the protocol of prayer. How you seek the Kingdom is just as important as seeking the Kingdom. A protocol is system of rules that explain the correct conduct and procedures to be followed in formal situations.
The first disciples of Jesus asked one of the most important questions about interacting with God, “Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1)
2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Luke 11:1-2 (NKJV)
Why do we need to pray? We pray to find out the expressed will of God in a situation. Many times we make decisions based on past experiences, emotions, or the suggestions of others. In most cases, this is not plan of the Kingdom. The King actually has a better way of handling the situation than we could ever conceive on our own. The King has both insight and foresight regarding every matter that exists. When you utilize the protocol of prayer, you are requesting His insight; you are seeking the Kingdom way.
Many of us live in democratic societies and do not truly understand the nature of a kingdom. When I say “democratic” I am not speaking of a political party, but a form of government. The democratic form of government is based on voting and the will of the people. This completely contradicts the system of the Kingdom of God. This is why we must pray that “His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We really don’t a vote in the matter. If we don’t of His will, we can get sidetracked by the things He will freely add to our lives and not accomplish His will in the earth. Because Jesus is our example for Kingdom living we should take note that Jesus:
- Never lacked anything He needed to accomplish His assignment on earth.
- Never focused on His needs on earth.
- Trusted God to meet all of His needs while He was on His Kingdom assignment.
This will not happen automatically because you are born again. Becoming born again only gives you the right to access the Kingdom.
Most governments around the world send ambassadors to other countries to speak on their behalf. The ambassador is not responsible for meeting his own provisions. His or her lodging, food, transportation, and security are not the focus of their mission. Their focus is properly representing the government. You are on a Kingdom assignment. “…When we seek the Kingdom, we can rest assure that all of our provisions will be met as well.