6. Desire God First
When our deepest desire is intimacy with the Lord, our prayer life will reflect this passion and urgency. Yet our desire for God is nothing compared to His desire for us. Just as He delighted in Zion, He takes delight in all His children, rejoicing over them with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
Our prayers regarding Jesus will be on a different level when we realize His great mercy toward us. Author and blogger John Piper says, “God wants intimacy with you. Christ has done all the hard work in the cross to make it possible.” In His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus showed His deep desire to befriend and save us. He is truly the biblical example of a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24)—willing even to lay down His life for us (John 15:13). Whenever I reflect on this, my prayer life soars!
There is a great sense of intimacy in the prayer language of the “deep desire.” We gratefully and humbly pray and sing, “The more I seek you, the more I find you…This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand.”
The heart prayer that indicates we have moved from level to level in our friendship and arrived at a deep place of intimacy is this: “Lord, keep me here until we are one.”
“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:17)
Dawn Wilson and her husband Bob live in Southern California. They have two married sons and three granddaughters. Dawn assists author and radio host Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth with research and works with various departments at Revive Our Hearts. She is the founder and director of Heart Choices Today, publishes Upgrade with Dawn, and writes for Crosswalk.com and Christianity.com. Dawn also travels with her husband in ministry with Pacesetter Global Outreach.
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