When we come before God individually or corporately we desire to be in His presence. Before we ever seek God, there is something very important that we should do. The Bible talks about us preparing our hearts to seek the Lord. That basically means that we are going to be ready.
And [King Rehoboam] did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord. 2 Chronicles 12:14 NKJV
The word heart here is referring to the feelings, the will and the intellect. We need to make our feelings ready to be with God. Allowing ourselves to say, “I don’t feel like it,” will be a major hindrance to connecting with the Lord. Sometimes we really don’t feel like it. We live in a world where our flesh body is constantly bombarded by worldly things and it takes a conscious decision to put our minds on the Lord. When we have decided, “I’m going to do this,” then our feelings will often follow suit.
Aside from our feelings and thinking, our will should be surrendered enough to address any hindrances. We may have fallen into a spiritual negligence of preparing our heart regularly. Ask yourself, “Why haven’t I been seeking God lately? Have I fallen into complacency? Have I been spiritually lazy?” Sin cannot come in God’s presence. The Bible tells us that our iniquities separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2). Jesus taught us to pray, “Your will be done,” not our own will. (Matthew 6:10 NKJV) If complacency, laziness or willful sin has overtaken us then we need to repent and keep moving forward.
The phrase is found again with King Jehoshaphat and Ezra, who did prepare their hearts and received a blessing from it.
Nevertheless good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have prepared your heart to seek God. 2Chronicles 19:3 NKJV
…according to the good hand of his God upon him. For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. Ezra 7:9c – 10
How do we prepare our heart?
- We are to come humbly. enough to repent and then experience God.
Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear. Psalm 10:17 NKJV
- We are to rejoice. your emotions.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Psalm 105:3 NKJV
- We are to seek Him with all our heart. Half-hearted efforts aren’t going to cut it.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
In these verses, the word seek is referring to a frequent quest of pursuing God, specifically to worship. Frequent. As in continual. As in habitual. As in everyday. When we do that He said we would find , in the sense that He will come forth in our midst. Isn’t that what we want? Just simply prepare your heart to seek the Lord.