The Lord's Desires Made Your Own
You cannot know the desire of your heart until you know the heart of your desire. Usually, what we describe as “the desire of my heart” is really a secondary desire orbiting around the true desire. What we think we desire is really the way we have imagined the true desire will be met. We often mistake the desire of the moment for the desire of our hearts. Give Him access to your heart. He will peel back the desire of the moment and show you the desire of your heart. To the desire of your heart, there will always be a resounding “yes” from heaven.
As you are learning to live a praying life, prayer takes on a much broader definition than “saying prayers.” Much of what prayer is accomplishing cannot be condensed to a list. Sometimes the direct answer to a specific petition is the least important aspect of what prayer accomplished. Most important is what has occurred in the heart of the praying person.
The Spirit’s quiet whisper
Bids me bow before Your throne
‘Til my heart’s deepest yearnings
Are the echo of Your own.
Scriptures for Reflection:
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matt. 7:9-11).
“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight” (Ps. 119:76-77).
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).
“Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Ps. 9:10).
Focus on a name for Christ. Think through what that name says to you in your present circumstance. What promise does His name hold? As you pray, let Him show you each need or desire in light of His name—who He is. Use these names: (1) Refiner’s Fire, Malachi 3:3; (2) God With Us, Matthew 1:23; (3) The Light, John 1:9; (4) Bread of Life, John 6:35; (5) Good Shepherd, John 10:11; (6) Master and Lord, John 13:13; (7) Vine, John 15:5