How Searching Will Make You Find Unexpected Answers from God

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Daily Reading: 1 Chronicles 9 GW; Luke 11 GW

God answers all prayers.

Today’s verse is one of the most well-known.  Having a God you can ask for anything you want is something we all desire.  But that doesn’t mean God will give us our request. However, you will receive an answer.  

Over my lifetime, I’ve heard many sermons on God’s answers, which fall into three categories: yes, no, and wait.  Never have I listened to a message where God gives me everything I desire.  As you grow closer to Christ, your desires become what Christ’s desires, what you ask for changes as you become more mature in your faith.

When I first started following Jesus, I was 12 years old.  My prayer requests sounded something like this, “Lord, please let my parents say yes to me staying at Lori’s house.”  But now, forty years later, my morning prayer is this, “Lord, let me produce good fruit today.”  My prayers changed as I developed my relationship with God.  His desires become mine the more I align my heart with God’s.

Keep becoming new.

Every day as we walk with God, we become a new person.  Old ways slip away as we begin to understand God’s heart.  God’s love is for everyone.  Jesus died for the world; no one is left out.  When we ask God to help us see the people around us through His eyes, our vision will change.  Our hearts will soften in unexpected ways.

As you grow closer to God, watch as your prayer life changes.  Your conversations with God will become more intimate as you trust Him more.  When you ask for your heart’s desire, you’ll find it’s whatever God’s heart desire is.

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Lord, thank You for always being with us; not a moment of our life goes by that You’re not present.  Forgive us for doubting You and Your love for us.  As we begin a new day, help us become more like Christ.  Help us to see the people in our lives through Your eyes.  Give us a heart full of love for all we see.  Whoever crosses our path, help us love them well for You.  In all things, the glory is Yours.  IJNIP. Amen

Question for reflection

How have your prayers changed since you started following Jesus?

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