31 Jul Heart to Heart with God: A Journey Towards Acceptance Day 58
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 58-West Palm Beach, Florida:
Today we probably have 100 or more requests directly to God through our prayers. Ok, maybe it is not quite that much, but we certainly ask a lot of Jesus on a day-to-day basis. When we sit down and think about it, we really rely on our Father to help us in multiple ways in many aspects or areas of our lives. We need to have our prayers answered or how will we ever get by or through life without His intervention? One of the key points of our prayers and desires is determining what exactly are our true intentions of what we are asking for through our conversations with Jesus.
Jesus preaches to us that if we ask that we will receive. Specifically in 1 John it is stated as such, “whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight”. Meaning that if we obey God we will receive His blessings, as we honor the teachings of our Father in Heaven. However, it is also taught to us in James the following, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures”. Implying that if we do not have good intentions and wish to be blessed for selfish reasons that we will not receive God’s generosity.
We must pray with an unadulterated heart and have unconditional pure intentions from which we ask for God’s mercy. Not everything that we want may be necessary to us or for those around us, and some needs over our wants are more critical to our survival such as food, water, air, and adequate housing. The Holy Spirit will lead our hearts in the right direction in order for the Lord to work in our lives, as Matthew says furthermore, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened”.
Reflection Day #58
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: