This morning, my thoughts continued on the theme of prayer and faith. It is my hope that you will reach out to God in prayer, out of a desire to know Him in a deeper, personal way; for desire and prayer go hand and hand. Desire precedes prayer.
Do you desire a closer walk?
Do you desire to know God?
Do you desire more of His Spirit?
What is it that you need?
Are you yielding/surrendering all your heart; mind, emotions, body and soul, in prayer, to the working of the Holy Spirit in your life?
The deeper one desire, the stronger the prayer. Desire is silent, that is to say, unheard. True prayer spoken with results is birthed out of the desire of the innermost being. Earnestly seeking God for a matter is that of desire coming, being birthed through that of prayer, an expression of “the soul’s sincere desire”.
Remember this, a sense of need, creates an earnest desire, and the stronger the need, the greater the desire; which in turn will provide a more earnest praying. You might say, desire is the very will of man in action.
Earnestly praying out of the desire of one’s heart is that of a burning, a fire, zeal; a desire, a flame of fire. As stated in the Bible, it is the fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man that availed much. Jesus voiced these words, “blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled”.
Here, we see the very basis of prayer, which requires an answer. The strong desire, a yearning that has entered into the spiritual appetite, wanting (waiting), expecting to be satisfied. I believe it is at this place of prayer that we can and will see the answer; for without desire there is no burden of soul, no sense of need, no vision, no strength, no burning fire or glow of faith.
If people would hold onto God, with a deathless, despairing grasp, a cry of utter self-abandonment, as Moses pleaded with God, I will not let these go, except thou bless me. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; if not, blot me, I pray thee out of thy book.
Yes, it is the praying soul that God draws near to. I must have God’s answer, a revelation of God like that not of yesterday but today, a present revelation, a fresh revelation that meets today’s need. God is able to meet the prayer of a man that is in fervent prayer. A petition that is birthed out of one’s soul, all-consuming, glowing red hot…a flame of fire that ascends to heaven.
What hinders our prayers? A coldness of the spirit hinders prayers. A bitter attitude in prayer will not, cannot reach and ascend into heaven.
In times of despair, praying from the innermost being, out of desire, your prayer will more readily be answered and come forth. Yes, you might say, the fervent, earnest prayer gets God’s attention! As the Psalmist wrote, “Lord all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hidden from thee.” Yes, God does and will answer your fervent prayer. True fervent prayer comes from the heart, not the brain or intellectual facilities of the mind.
This fervent prayer comes from the very soul of man, the throb, and gesture of the emotional nature. This prayer must be nourished and guarded against decline in our daily relationship (devotional prayer) with and to God. The life of prayer and simple faith must never be forgotten and continually be in our daily life – a part of our daily living to be a never ceasing life of prayer, by faith. The end result is when God speaks – you obey!