DISCERNING GOD’S DIRECTION
“Delight yourself in the LORD; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
What you delight in changes your desires. I remember when I met Sheri. In the early days of our dating life, and then our engagement, my love for her gradually created a desire in my heart to be and become the man she needed me to be. No longer did I live only for myself. Now that she was in my life, everything changed so I could be with her and so that we could have a life together. Our wedding was a covenant, merging our lives into one. The longer we are married, the more we are able to discern the other’s thoughts and desires.
Prayer is like that. When you came to know Christ as Savior, you began a journey in making Him Lord over all the areas of your life.
Spiritual growth is a process and this process is reflected best in praying to God and seeking His answers. Prayer is more about developing a relationship than getting our requests answered. If we are allowing God’s Word to shape our thoughts and worship to elevate our understanding of God’s glory, our prayers will be adjusted to His eternal purposes. Gordon MacDonald said, “(Prayer) is the business of aligning myself with God’s purposes rather than asking Him to align with mine.”
First John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” How do you know you are praying God’s will? Allow God’s Word to define His will. Pray prayers that align with His will. Give Him time to answer; and in the meantime, align your life, your thoughts, and your desires with His.
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Application of God’s Truth
Examine your heart and make sure that you are not “holding God hostage” by loving Him only if He answers your prayer your way. Simply pray your prayer. Trust Him and allow Him to answer it in His way and in His timing.