It’s Time To Seek The Lord

June 23, 2010 · Print This Article

It’s Time To Seek The Lord


The Word

Text: Hosea 10:12, Luke 16:19-31

Hosea answered the ministry call of God to a nation and a people coming unglued and in decline because of spiritual neglect. He preached to a society that—like ours today—had lost its sense of God’s justice as well as its perspective on the value of life.

The Hebrew word used here for seek is the word for the dawning of the sun:

  • Be awake — It’s time to get up
  • Be alert — It’s time to get about
  • Be aglow — It’s the promise of a new day

Promise, power and prayer

Even many dedicated Christians presume that when God makes a promise, His power alone makes it happen. But that’s not all that’s involved in processing things on this earth—the Lord has ordained one other factor—prayer.

  • The promise is His Word
  • The power is His Holy Spirit
  • The avenue that welcomes its entry is prayer

God’s rule and kingdom do not enter this planet except where it is welcome—prayer in the name of Jesus welcomes the power of God into the earth (Matthew 6:8-13). God doesn’t call us to pray because we have to wrestle things out of His tightly clenched fist, but because

  • He’s looking for people who have a passion for His purposes;
  • He’s working in partnership with those He has redeemed.
  • The power is His; the privilege is ours to pray and invite that power.

Break up your fallow ground

Prayer is the incubator that hosts the promises of God, the seeds of His Word, till they come into full fruition and development. It’s not that “nothing” will grow in fallow ground, but those small shoots and weeds cannot compare to what grows in soil cultivated for the maximum harvest.

The fallow ground of our soul is broken up by the openness of our heart, letting the sword of the truth become a plow. The promise of God is spread, and then those seeds are watered and cultivated by our prayers and intercession.

The prophet Isaiah preached at the same time as Hosea did, but in the southern kingdom, the companion, sister nation. He describes the plight of people who only struggle with their situation, instead of praying (Isaiah 26:18). They tried to deal with their circumstances in the energy of their flesh rather than in the power of the Spirit in prayer (see Romans 8).

We’re not trying to get things from the Lord — we want God and His purpose in us. It’s time to seek Him.

It’s time to seek the Lord because…

  • There is a promise shining over us like a rainbow (Isaiah 63:4)
  • There are lessons to be applied in life’s school
    1. Learning to see wisdom in “dividing” (Genesis 1:4, 6, 9, 14)
    2. Seeing the principle of life-release (Genesis 1:20-22)
    3. Remembering God’s goodness even though the work isn’t finished yet (Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 21)
  • There is danger in the presumption of hearing and not doing (James 1:22-24)
  • Real “life” only exists in relationship, not in reputation (Revelation 3:1b-3a)

Make and take time to seek the Lord:

  1. By asking Jesus to teach you anew and afresh (Luke 11:1). We may know how to pray for ourselves, but there is a turning point in life where a new dimension of prayer is needed. Ask Him to work that in you because you can’t generate it in yourself. It’s not about trying, but about asking. He’ll answer that kind of prayer.
  2. By seizing your schedule with a will to take action in united prayer (Acts 4:31). When the Church in Jerusalem came together in united prayer, the Bible says the place was shaken. This is God moving among His people in power. Make a place in your schedule for prayer meetings with the Body of Christ because there is power in united prayer. The Lord’s grace happens because His people pray (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
  3. By creating opportunities for strong prayer partnership (Matthew 18:19-20). Join with other couples or make a phone appointment with someone once a week to pray. Form prayer alliances, maybe with someone you work with. Set aside one lunch break each week where you fast and pray for your city, your nation, your congregation and other concerns you may have. Once a month meet with a prayer partner and take 60-90 minutes to make focused prayer.
  4. By rejoicing in the certain fruit of faithful prayer (Zechariah 10:1). God offers high promise. It’s the season of God’s saving purpose, but it only enters where people pray—Your kingdom come, You will be done—here. The implications of when we pray and when we don’t pray are awesome.

5.     In one of Jesus’ most familiar parables (Luke 16:19-31), he contrasted the earthly circumstances of a beggar named Lazarus with that of a nameless rich man. From the adjective for “rich” in the Latin Vulgate, the rich man came to be called in English “Dives.” The rich man relished the luxury of his wealth, while he ignored an ulcerated, blind beggar lying at his gate. Jesus said that Lazarus died and went to Abraham’s bosom, while Dives suffered everlasting torment.

 

The parable of Lazarus has been misinterpreted sometimes as a condemnation of wealth instead of a warning against enjoyment of wealth without regard for the poor. It teaches that decisions in the present life determine eternal destiny.

In no other parable did Jesus identify a character by name. Some Bible students have therefore concluded that he was telling a true story. The name’s symbolism, however, seems to account for its use, since Lazarus was cast in the role of one “whom God helped.”

When God calls us to seek His face it’s always that there may come preservation of life. The call of the Spirit of the Lord to us is to pray. The actions we take are contingent upon whatever practical wisdom you choose to apply as the Lord calls you now. He calls us to points of wisdom, growth, and holy adventure to see what will happen when we seek His face.

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