And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
Do you want to live a life that is pleasing to me? Yes, I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. The strongest desire of my heart is that I will live a life that is pleasing to you. There is nothing that I want more than to live a life that is pleasing to you. I have no greater pursuit in life than to live a life that is pleasing to you. How can I live a life that is pleasing to you? That is a very good question. That is a question to which you need a very clear answer that you understand completely. A vague answer to that question will not due. You must not leave that question until it has been fully answered and completely understood. How you answer that question will guide the entire course of your life. How you answer that question will determine the thoughts of your mind, words of your mouth, deeds of your life and prayers of your heart. You don’t want to come up with the wrong answer to that question. What is the answer to that question. You tell me.
I will give you my answer. I’m listening. If I want to please you I must believe that you exist. There is no possibility of pleasing you if I don’t believe that you exist. Who would try to please someone who did not exist? No one, I’m sure. It is not enough to simply say with my words, that I believe that you exist. I must demonstrate with my life that I believe that you exist. How so? I must earnestly seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I must come to rely on you rather than on myself. If I rely on myself that will be a sign that I don’t really believe that you exist. What else? I must believe that you reward those who earnestly seek you. How do I reward those who earnestly seek me? You hear and answer the prayers of those who earnestly seek you. What will you do if you believe that I exist and that I will reward those who earnestly seek me? I will meet with you in prayer. I will live my life in an ongoing dialogue of prayer with you. I will listen to you. I will follow your guidance. I will receive your instruction. What else? I will fervently make all my prayers know to you. I will believe that you will hear and answer all my prayers. That will be very good. You have answered well. Do these things and you will certainly live a life that is pleasing to me.
Heavenly Father, I do believe that you exist. I want to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. I will come to you. I will earnestly seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I know that you are God and that you will hear and answer my prayers. Amen
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