My prayer life is not what it should be.
It’s not that I don’t pray. But when I do, too often I hide the desires of my heart.
Too often I forget who God is.
Too often I forget who I am to God.
So my prayers lack ambition. I say to God, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” but I secretly (or not-so-secretly, because our God knows and sees all) wonder if His will includes a handful of things I deeply desire – for others and for my life on this earth.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
James 4:2-3 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
I think sometimes I’m afraid to ask God for the desires of my heart because I know my own humanity. I know that in my humanness, the desires of my heart might not be perfectly aligned with His heart. I know I might ask for something from a wrong motive…from a selfish motive. And this reluctance to be vulnerable before the Lord leads to distance between us - distance I’ve created because of my own insecurities and unwillingness to lay bare my soul before Him!
And so, in some areas of my life, I have not because I ask not.
Because I need this reminder, and I think you might too, I want to offer some truth from God’s Word about who God is, who you are and who I am, and His invitation to us today.
God is holy. He runs the universe, which He created. He has the power to do ANYTHING He desires. He is bigger than we can comprehend. And He loves you. He loves me.
You are beloved. I am beloved. We pray to a Father who calls us His own, in the name of Jesus, who loves us so fully He gave His life for us and lives to intercede for us, by the power of the Spirit who gives us words to pray when we have none. We go to the Creator of the universe not as strangers, but as beloved sons and daughters.
God yearns for us to be fully honest and transparent before Him when we pray. When we come with sinful motives – and we will, because we are human – He graciously and lovingly molds our desires into His desires. Our hearts become one. We see that His glory and our good always coexist.
As we delight in Him, we are invited to ask, knock, and seek. Like children longing for all their parents have to offer, we are invited to run into His arms and plead with Him for miracles big and small!
He offers immeasurably more than all we can ask or think or imagine, and yet so often, in fear or sometimes apathy, we think in measurable terms, and we don’t ask for the immeasurably more for those around us and for ourselves.
Will you join me in praying boldly and fervently this week, as those beloved by our Father? In delighting in Him and trusting in His goodness?
Only God knows what could happen!
With joy, love, and expectancy,