“May God grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.” Psalms 20:4.
Imagine having a desire in your heart that could be offered to God in full confidence that He would hear and answer you? Don’t you think you’d ask for anything?
That’s what He is encouraging us to do — to know what it is we want and to have the self-assurance and faith to present those needs or desires to Him so He can fulfill them.
This sounds pretty incredible, don’t you think? Imagine God caring that much about our needs and wanting to use His power to move mountains, if that’s what it takes, to fulfill our desires. I can hear lots of voices in reply to this suggestion: “But what about the times I prayed and God never answered me? In fact, I’m not even sure He heard me at all.”
If you have spoken this aloud, or in the silence of your heart and mind, the most important thing to remember is that God wants a relationship with us, and in the context of that relationship, we make our requests known to Him. And how do we establish such a relationship? By spending time with Him; carving out time each day to allow prayerful moments to happen. In those moments, we dedicate ourselves to know God and His ways better. In so doing, we humbly let Him know that we have a desire to understand what He wants for us and our life.
When we align our will with His will, we find true peace and harmony, as well as the knowledge of what we should ask for. And then it is from this humble, respectful attitude that we make our desires and requests known to Him, always remembering to ask, “Is this your will for my life?”
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.