In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
February 26, 2007 – What Do You Desire? – John 16:23-24
Welcome to the In Touch devotional. If you were asked to name the desire of your heart, would you have an answer? How long would it take to express the one that is your deepest, most genuine?
Of course, we all have a seemingly endless list of things we want: a big-screen TV, a new car, a promotion at work, respect. Things are added to and removed from our “want list” every day. These desires are frequently dictated by what others have. Sometimes, simply seeing a friend’s new vehicle will give us “car fever,” even if we have a perfectly fine automobile in the driveway!
Our wants come and go. But what about our true desires? If you’ve never taken the time to prayerfully meditate on this issue, then you may not even know your heart’s desires. And, if that’s the case, how can you request them from God? You can’t.
Not knowing our true desires leads us to offer a string of prayers for random, inconsistent wants rather than genuine, heartfelt desires. Sometimes, the Lord graciously answers these requests. Other times, He even more graciously protects us by saying no. But if our requests are not grounded in prayer and heartfelt sincerity, we may never understand why they go unanswered.
Are you able to express your heart’s desire today? If not, dedicate some prayer time to the issue this week. First, ask the Lord to open your eyes to His desires for you. Then, request that He make His desires your own.
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