MAY 21 – 27, 2017
“May he give you what you really want. May he make all your plans successful.” (Psalm 20:4 ERV).
What do you really want? What are the desires of your heart? God grants the desires of your heart (Psalm 21:2, 37:4). The desires of your heart is what you really want, what your thoughts are focused on. The desires of your heart may not necessarily be what you’re praying for.
In other words, we could be praying for change in an area of our life but in our hearts, our thoughts are that the change we want may never happen. This is usually caused by fear, which is a lack of trust in God. If you have been praying concerning something and it seems like your answer isn’t coming, could it be that your desires concerning that thing is what’s holding back your answer? It’s time to stop and check what your thoughts truly are concerning what you’re praying for.
When the desires of our heart and the prayers from our lips align, a testimony is birthed. But when they don’t, we will always find ourselves speaking something different from what we prayed for. In other words, we will speak out the desires of our heart which is not consistent with our prayers, and will delay our answers. Jesus did say, when you pray believe you receive it and you shall have it. Having it will only happen when your desires match your prayers. So, what do you really want?
It is important for us to set time aside to examine our hearts. What do we really believe? The desires of our heart come from what we believe, because we inadvertently give whatever we believe the power to control our lives.
I remember when I learnt this truth. I was at a very low point in my life then. I just couldn’t understand why my life was not progressing as I thought it should. When God pointed this to me, I realized that what I believed was completely different from what I wanted to see happen in my life. I had to embark on a great journey of changing my beliefs.
The interesting thing! I did not intentionally create those beliefs that were holding me back. They were created by my mind based on the information I had received, my experiences, my environment, my relationships, the influence of spiritual authorities in my life… It is very dangerous not to be clear on what you truly believe. Beliefs are principles that drive your actions in life and help you make sense of the world around. So, if the principles driving you are faulty…
Life is governed by principles. You must ensure that the principles driving you are principles from the word of God. Depending on and submitting to the lordship and leadership of Jesus Christ, trusting in His redemptive work, will ensure you are governed by the right principles. Therefore, creating the right beliefs.
It is crucial that we have a personal relationship with Jesus. We must keep company with Jesus if we will know what we truly want. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). A dear friend got a beautiful insight to this verse some time ago, that, if you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you what you should desire; lead you to know what you should really want. Isn’t that beautiful? This means that your focus should be to delight yourself in the Lord. Which of course is delighting yourself in His Word, and meditating upon it day and night (Psalm 1:2).
Joshua 1:8 lets us know that if we meditate on the word day and night, not letting it depart out of our mouths (therefore we speak it), we will find that we are living the word effortlessly (we observe to do what is written in it), and we will make our way prosperous, successful… we will deal wisely. Romans 12:2 helps us understand that delighting in the word and meditating upon it day and night is the renewing of our minds, which leads to the transformation of our lives. Our lives are transformed because we will find ourselves effortlessly living out the word, God’s will for our life.
I must state here that the management of life is not accidental. We must intentionally manage our lives. The fact the we keep company with Jesus does not mean that everything will automatically happen as we want. We must check our thoughts. We must check what we believe. We must be clear with what we really want. Otherwise, that cheeky devil can slide right in unnoticed. Adam and Eve kept company with God, but what happened to them?
So, dear Reader, what do you really want? What does God really want for you? What do you really believe about your life: every area of your life, and about life in general?
I pray that you will daily have a clear picture of what you really want. I pray that God will grant you those desires and make all your plans successful. God bless you richly!! Have a fulfilling week.