22nd day of Lent
May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
Think about the last time you prayed to the Lord. (Hopefully it’s not so long ago that it’s hard to remember – maybe as soon as last night or this morning!) What did you pray? Was it a request for something?
So often we treat God like a spiritual Santa Claus. We pray to Him for whatever we need, essentially composing a wish list for Him to fulfill. Yet we too rarely thank Him for what we have or ask Him to direct our steps so that we’re completely in His will.
In today’s scripture, you see a prayer from the psalmist to answer the prayers of the reader. “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!” (Psalm 20:4) But the real key to God granting these requests comes verses 6 and 7: “Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed” and “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
This fits with a quote from the movie “Shadowlands,” where C.S. Lewis tells a friend: “That’s not why I pray, Harry. I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God, it changes me.”
Prayer is at its best when we allow it to change us to come in line with the heart and will of God. It’s at its worst when we use it to bring God in line with what we want. When our heart mirrors God, it’s easy to ask Him for things that fit with His will, and we can see God’s blessings unfold every day.
Today, pray that the Lord will give you His heart. Whatever you ask of Him, be sure that come from that heart, and from within His will and ways.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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