The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
Lord, we want more of You and not what you give us. Help us to understand it’s not about getting what we want through prayer, but experiencing an intimate, authentic relationship with You. Amen
I miss my dad and my dear friend terribly. Yet, if I’m honest, I long for the moments I sat at the Lord’s feet on their behalf. I long for that morning we huddled in prayer on my friend’s porch and rubbed mustard seeds through our fingers, trusting and experiencing the presence of God together. I long for the desperate moments of “cheek-crushed-on-the-carpet prayers” singing worship music, pleading for healing for my dad and communing with my Savior.
As I look back, I long for those moments because in those, I experienced the nearness of God: He comforted, He spoke, He filled, He carried. He’s continuing to heal my heart. There’s pain in loss, yes, but when in the presence of the Almighty, everything else falls away. Eternity is branded on our heart. Our perspective shifts, and the eternal takes root. In that realization, we are reminded “this is not our home.”
Prayer is powerful. We should intercede for others. We just can’t cling too tightly on the results. He is too good for that. In our inability to comprehend His methods, it’s dangerous to quantify His goodness and love based on how our prayers are answered. When we experience the nearness of God, trusting Him to carry us through the pain and meet our needs, we have a taste of the heart and character of our loving, Sovereign Father.
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