“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
1 John 5:14 NASB
We live in a world focused on having stuff that satisfies our appetites and feeds our self perception or worth. The urge to have is baked into our psyche, a drive that is formed from an early age and perpetuated by the culture that we live in that ties ones value as a human being to what one has acquired.
We covet. Even our prayers are oriented to what we can have and not based on the will of God.
I am guilty. So often I have found myself praying for the temporal, the substantive thing that I feel I need to feel whole. Indeed, we need stuff. We all have needs that must be met. For many these needs are basic: food, housing, companionship and all the things that ensure one physical and emotion survival. I have learned that God knows that I need those things.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NASB
As I have come to trust the Lord, I have discovered that He has never left me wanting. I have always had what I need and His faithfulness is constant and can be depended on. This has allowed me to worry less about the physical and dwell on the spiritual riches He has for me.
I seek Him in His word and I am transformed by that close, intimate, daily encounter. I never escape unchanged as the Holy Spirit refines me. In that transaction where God’s Holy Spirit replaces my wild, fleshly will with Himself, He transforms my desires. I pray for people rather than things, for God to radically transform my heart, rather than simply provide for my physical needs.
I desire the spiritual sustenance that feeds my soul and prepares me for His service.
As I seek Him, His will becomes more and more clear and I pray accordingly. In my approach to His throne there is great confidence as I pray as I know He hears me. In that confidence I seek Him and boldly bring others to Him in prayer. As I pray He provides me with help as I don’t know all that is happening in the lives of the ones I pray for. He does.
That confidence gives me incentive to pray more, for more people. It becomes great joy as I see His power magnified in my humility.
God meets my needs.
All I desire is to serve my Lord with all my heart. He never lets me down and He provides far “beyond anything I could ask or think.” In His will I seek to live, I thrive, I am loved. He is the lover of my soul.
Seek His will today! He is faithful!
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