Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 17, 2014

February 17, 2014 “The Tasty Choice”

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

Good Morning Royal Priesthood!

Here where I live in Mooresville, NC and the Charlotte area, one happy reality is that there is no shortage of restaurants to enjoy. You can satisfy your physical hunger in any of a variety of eateries of varying cuisine…Italian, Mexican, Thai, Carolina BBQ, burgers, fried chicken…you name it and we’ve got it here. And when you do make your selection as to where to eat, then comes the daunting task of choosing from a menu that of itself offers a vast array of tasty choices. Decisions! Decisions! It’s not always easy knowing what you want. Quite often, when I find myself in a quandary as to which item to select, I’ll ask the server which she or he would recommend. I have been rarely disappointed by their suggestion.  Sometimes it’s like that in our prayer life. There may be things that sound good to us and we request them of God in our prayers. Then he steers us in a different direction. Like a Maitre’d’ at a fine restaurant, God knows what it is that will truly satisfy the desire of our heart and brings us what will truly bless us, for He is the “giver of every good and perfect gift.” John Wesley had an interesting way of explaining this truth. He observed,

“Prayer continues in the desire of the heart, though the understanding be employed on outward things.” 

When we articulate our desires to God in prayer, we may be focused on outward things and certain expectations and answers, and our limited understanding leads us to believe that what we are requesting in our words is what we really want,  but God listens not just to our uttered words, but to the heart itself and what it is saying in words and utterances we do not even fully understand. That’s because it is the Holy Spirit at work in our hearts, and “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26) Whatever that answer to our prayers might ultimately be, we know it will be a most tasty choice, for the Spirit makes it plain to our heavenly “Maitre’ D.”  Let’s pray!

Blessed Holy Spirit; we know that You understand the yearnings of our hungry heart, and that You make those requests known before the Throne of grace. search our hearts, Spirit of God, and intercede for us, we pray, in Jesus’ Blessed Name. Amen!

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