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Walking In The Spirit - 68

 

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Topic: Praying For Your Heart's Desires

Date:  3rd November 2009

 

As we set our heart on God's desires, He then allows us to pray for our heart's desires:

 

Psalms 21:1-4 MKJV  ...The king shall rejoice in Your strength, O Jehovah; and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!  (2)  You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the prayer of his lips. Selah.  (3)  For You go before him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold on his head.  (4)  He asked life from You; You give to him length of days forever and ever.

 

Psalms 37:3-6 MKJV  Trust in Jehovah, and do good; you shall dwell in the land, and you shall be fed on truth.  (4)  Delight yourself also in Jehovah, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  (5)  Roll your way on Jehovah; trust also in Him, and He will work.  (6)  And He shall bring forth your righteousness like the light, and your judgment like the noonday.

 

Psalms 10:17-18 MKJV  Jehovah, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart, You will cause Your ear to hear,  (18)  to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, so that the man of the earth may no more terrify.

 

Psalms 145:16 MKJV  You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

 

There is a balance here. The 'wicked' boast of their hearts desires (Psalm 10:3)and the sluggard craves his desires and gets absolutely nothing (Proverbs 13:4). So when we pray for our heart's desires we must be righteous in our lifestyle and diligent in our work ethic.

 

God occasionally grants the desires of people who ask for wrong things – such as when the Israelites insisted on having meat and God sent them quail:

 

Psalms 106:14-15 MKJV  but they lusted greedily in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert.  (15)  And He gave them what they asked, but sent leanness into their soul.

 

Your desires need to be tamed and tutored into the way of Christ.  You cannot just insist on God giving you whatever you want. That is not what prayer is about.  Your desires have to line up with the will of God, with “His Kingdom and His righteousness' (Matthew 6:33).  

When our desires coincide with God's desires prayer becomes very powerful indeed:

 

1 John 5:14-15 MKJV  And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  (15)  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.

 

Desires have their seasons. There may be times when God causes you to pray for a normal human desire (such as a partner, a house or a car) that you have not prayed for much before.  Before you knew that 'it was not the time' but now the Lord says 'pray for it – now is the time'.  

 

Well what kinds of 'normal human desires' can we pray for?  My answer is really vague – 'non-covetous ones'.  If it fits God's plan for your life then pray for it. If it is simply something unnecessary that you want so that you can make the neighbors green with envy – forget it!  Covetousness is idolatry.  We should not be praying greedy prayers – but it is quite valid to pray for God's best blessings on your life.

 

For example if you travel extensively in ministry it is quite valid to pray for a comfortable and reliable car. If you entertain and have bible studies, then it is valid to pray for a house with a large den or lounge room and good parking (which is what we did).  However I do not feel it would be valid for me to pray for a corporate jet.  I don't need it, I couldn't pay for it and I cannot justify it except for sheer ego.

 

Don't believe the TV preachers.  Money is NOT what you desire.  Deep down you desire relationship, love,  forgiveness, holiness, significance in God's work etc. You desire to see sinner's saved and God's Church built up. (That is if you are a believer).

 

Money may be a means to these things but it is not to be desired in and of itself. The desire of money leads to disaster (Judas, Demas, Ananias & Sapphira etc.):

 

Luke 16:13-15 MKJV  No servant can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.  (14)  And being money-lovers, all the Pharisees also heard all these things. And they derided Him.  (15)  And He said to them, You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

 

1 Timothy 6:7-10 MKJV  For we brought nothing into the world, and it is clear that we can carry nothing out.  (8)  But having food and clothing, we will be content.  (9)  But they who will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts which plunge men into destruction and perdition.  (10)  For the love of money is a root of all evils, of which some having lusted after, they were seduced from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

You need to work out what you truly want, not just money, but what the money would buy.  What is the reason for the cash? How will it help you? Then pray for the true desire, the end desire such as 'being free to serve the lord without anxiety'.  Identify your truly godly desires – then pray in faith, believing that you have received them! (Mark 11:24)

 

Blessings,

 

John Edmiston (johned@aibi.ph)
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