“This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends,if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.” 1 John 3:19-22
I’m sure that you have heard the saying “Follow your heart.” You also probably thought that it was a pleasant idea to think about. As much as I would love to say that this is a trustworthy saying, it is not.
Jeremiah speaks directly against that saying in his description of the human heart and it’s characteristics, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (17:9) Whoa. Who wants to follow their heart now??
Thankfully, we have a God who is greater than our hearts, and HE is worth following. Psalm 139:1 says, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” The Father knows that our hearts are sinful, but if we belong to Him, we are no longer condemned because the blood of Jesus covers us!
Because of our redemption, we no longer have to live our lives with guilt or regret about our sins. We are free to obey his commands and receive whatever we ask for in prayer.
However, John wasn’t emphasizing that we should pray for everything our flesh may desire, but for things that the Spirit desires.
Pastor David Platt provides a simple application of what John was saying: “Make your wants God’s wants, and then ask for whatever you want!”
I know you are all thinking that this is easier said than done. You’re right! But I believe that if we pray and ask for God’s desires to become our own, He will richly reward our requests!
Remember this week to be mindful of God’s power in your life – Walk in Him and then ask for whatever you want!
“…Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this…” – Psalm 37:4-5