What Do I Want?

  

I try to read two different devotionals every morning: A.W. Tozer’s “Mornings with Tozer: Daily Devotional Readings”, and Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost for His Highest”. Rarely does either of these fail to stir my soul and draw me closer to God. Every once in awhile one so captivates me that I want to read it again and then I want  to share it with others.

Nothing is easier than getting into a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want but only what He gives.

Today’s devotional answers key questions about prayer, about what God wants in a relationship with us, and the reason we ask for things when the Bible tells us that He already knows what we need.

I hope you enjoy and are greatly blessed…I know that I was!

Seekest thou great things for thyself? Jeremiah 45:5.

Are you seeking great things for yourself? Not seeking to be a great one, but seeking great things from God for yourself. God wants you in a closer relationship to Himself than receiving His gifts, He wants you to get to know Him. A great thing is accidental, it comes and goes. God never gives us anything accidental. Nothing is easier than getting into a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want but only what He gives.

If you have only come the length of asking God for things, you have never come to the first strand of abandonment, you have become a Christian from a standpoint of your own. ‘I did ask God for the Holy Spirit, but He did not give me the rest and the peace I expected.’ Instantly God puts His finger on the reason—you are not seeking the Lord at all, you are seeking something for yourself. Jesus says—“Ask, and it shall be given you.” Ask God for what you want, and you cannot ask if you are not asking for a right thing. When you draw near to God, you cease from asking for things. “Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.” Then why ask? That you may get to know Him.

Are you seeking great things for yourself—‘O Lord, baptize me with the Holy Ghost’? If God does not, it is because you are not abandoned enough to Him, there is something you will not do. Are you prepared to ask yourself what it is you want from God, and why you want it? God always ignores the present perfection for the ultimate perfection. He is not concerned about making you blessed and happy just now; He is working out His ultimate perfection all the time—“that they may be one even as We are.”

The Hiddenness of Prayer

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Prayer is a most amazing and mysterious thing to me. And, one of the verses on prayer that both encourages me and puzzles me at the same time, contains the very words of our Savior. They are found in Matthew 6:8, “Therefore do not be like the (like the heathens). For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”

I have always asked myself, “What is the sense in praying if the Lord already knows what we need?” I have meditated on this verse and come to some conclusions on what it means. However, I recently read a chapter in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, The Cost of Discipleship, that spoke more clearly on this subject than I have ever heard. It stirred my heart deeply and shed light not only on this verse, but on the whole subject of prayer in general.

I would encourage you to take some time to prayerfully and contemplatively read this chapter, which you can find by clicking here: The Hiddenness of Prayer, Bonhoeffer. I have read it a few times already, and it is one of those readings that I will read and contemplate over and over and over again. It provides much inspiration and insight into this marvelous and precious gift of prayer. I hope and pray, with confidence, that you will be blessed by it…many times over.