Last week I shared that it isn't uncommon for well meaning people to claim, “God wants to give us the desires of our heart. All we have to do is ask,” yet we simply cannot rightly conclude that the Father’s will is to always fulfill every desire of our heart. When Jesus prayed at Gethsemane, He knew it was appropriate, even necessary to express His desire to the Father that the cup of death would pass over Him. However, even greater than what He wanted, He knew that the Father’s will was perfect. And for Him, the Father’s will was death on the cross. Therefore… he prayed that the Father’s will be accomplished through His death.
We could argue all day long that God’s will is to always give us the desires of our hearts. But… how do we reconcile Job 42:2, I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted (Job 42:2). If it is Father’s plan to always satisfy our desires, it would be accomplished! It obviously is not! Could it be that we don’t get what we ask for because we aren't praying according to His plan?
So… if it isn't always comfort, if it isn't always healing, if it isn't always physical needs, and if it isn't always transformation of our loved ones; what are the gifts from the Father that we can always be certain of:
Don’t let anyone fool you into believing that you must meet certain requirements before God will answer your prayers. I spent years in anguish, confusion and even anger over trying to “connect with God”. When I realized that I was attempting to attain something that I already have, I found that I was much more rested, satisfied, and even at peace. Through Jesus, we are already one with the Father! Don’t be afraid to tell Him that you’d really like to have some peanut butter, but remember, while He isn't disinterested in our physical needs and emotional desires, His greater concern is our spiritual development. In fact, Father often uses our wanting in order to fix our eyes upon Him and to help us to recognize those gifts which have eternal value.
When praying for a specific situation or person I find that, out of habit, my first thoughts often turn to my desires. I am then reminded that prayer isn't about my requests. Prayer is about recognizing and enjoying my oneness with Father. Yes, He wants to hear my heart, but He also wants me to trust Him so completely that I’m willing to genuinely pray in all circumstances, Yet not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42).
Don’t know how to pray? Father has a gift for you - If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously without finding fault, and it will be given to him (James 1:5).
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