Prayer Tip: Delight in the Lord

Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

What do you desire in your heart?

Paul Trip, in his book Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, says

“You and I are always desiring.  Desires precede, determine, and characterize everything you do.” (p.78)

“If my heart is ruled by the desire for a certain thing, it will … shape my attitude when I pray … I will pray self-centered and demanding prayers – if I pray at all. … I will not want God to be a wise, loving, sovereign Father who gives me what He knows is best.  Instead, I will want a divine waiter who delivers what I have set my heart on. …

When a certain set of desires rules our hearts, we reduce prayer to the menu of human desire.  Worse, we shrink God from his position of all-wise, all-loving, all-powerful Father to a divine waiter we expect to deliver everything we ask.” (p. 83)

By delighting in the Lord, we see Him for who He is (and we see ourselves for who we are), and overwhelmingly desire what He wisely and lovingly has waiting for us.  The desire of our heart becomes what He desires for us.  That’s why the Psalmist can assert so confidently, ‘He will give you the desires of your heart.’

‘Delight yourself in the Lord’ as the main focus of your prayers this week.  Note what happens and share it with someone.

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