“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
It’s noteworthy that the Bible instructs us to humble ourselves and pray before talking about seeking God’s face and turning from our wicked ways (2 Chron. 7:14). This implies that seeking the Lord’s face is more than just praying.
Beloved, it is one thing to petition God to supply your needs and quite another to earnestly desire to “behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4). It is one thing to seek God’s provision and quite another to seek His face.
If we don’t watch it, the discipline of prayer can be reduced to religious ritual. It can become very impersonal. Faith can become very mechanical. Beware of an overemphasis on the activation of spiritual laws in our faith. It is possible for us to seek the results of prayer with no regard for the One who answers prayer. Beloved, true prayer is personal.
It’s about a real and personal God making His face shine upon you with favour. It’s about the loving Father surrounding you with His goodness and tender mercies. It’s about Him looking at you with divine approval. When He does that, nothing else matters and nothing can hurt you! You’re blessed, safe and whole.