Earnestly Seek You

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 90 - Matthew 18-19-20 - Gathered In My Name - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 90 – Matthew 18-19-20 – Gathered In My Name – Growing As Disciples

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. Psalm 63:1-4 (NIV)

Seek You

I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will seek you with all that is within me. I will seek you in the morning, I will seek you in the noon time. I will seek you in the evening. I will seek you all day long. Why is it that you so passionately and persistently and consistently want to seek me? You have placed this desire within me. This desire that is within me has been given to me as a gift. There could be no greater gift than to have a heart that seeks you. I could not have dreamed up this desire. I could not have created this desire within me. Yet here it is. The thirst I have for you is like a thirsty person crawling across a sun scorched desert floor in search of water. I can’t get enough of you. I want to know you. I want to love you. I want to follow and serve you. I want to live my life with and for you. And not just a little bit either. My desire for you is all consuming. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than be with you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. If I have overstated my passionate desire for you or my willingness to do whatever you ask of me; then I ask that you will make what I have said to be absolutely true. Help me to know you intimately. Help me to walk with you closely. Do you believe that I will hear and answer your prayer? Will I do for you what you ask of me? Yes, I do believe. Why would you not start what you have begun? You have made me this way. You have placed these desires within me. Surely, you will complete this good work that you have begun in me. There is no doubt within me that if I seek you with all my heart, I will find you. You will show yourself to me. You will allow me to know you intimately. Yes, I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. For all of this, I give you all honor and praise and glory. I will lift up my hands to you as I bow down to worship you. You are my God and Father. Yes, I am. I am your child. Yes, you are. Thank you, Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father, you are my God. Yes, I will earnestly seek you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I will seek you with all that is within me. Because your love is better than life, praise and glory to you will be on my lips as I raise my hands to worship you. Amen

Key Question…  How have you been seeking God with all your heart and mind and soul and strength?

Living It Out…  Make it your daily pattern and practice to seek God with all your heart.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will find God as you seek Him with all your heart.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are earnestly seeking God with all your heart.

Prayer To Bless Others…May you earnestly seek God with all your heart and mind and soul and strength.

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Investigate My Life

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 92 - Psalm 139-23-24 - Investigate My Life - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 92 – Psalm 139-23-24 – Investigate My Life – Growing As Disciples

Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life. Psalm 139:23-24 (MSG)

Examine Me

That is what I want you to do. What do you want me to do? I want you to examine my life. I want you to a long and hard and close look at my life. Aren’t you worried about what I will find? Not at all. You are that confident? Yes, I am that confident. Wait, let me be clear, I am not confident in myself, that would be ridiculous. My confidence is in you. What kind of confidence do you have in me? I am confident that you love and care for me. I am confident that you are molding and shaping my life. I am confident that you are and will continue to make me into the person you want me to become. I am like a lump of clay in your hands. So, I am positive that you will see many things that need to be changed in me when you take a long and hard and close look at my life. I know it is silly and foolish for me to speaking in this way. You know more about me than I know about myself. You know what needs changing in me even before the thought of asking you to examine me entered my mind. Yes, I do. Why then bother asking me to examine your life? It is the asking that you want from me. It is my welcoming you to examine my life that is pleasing to you. It is my willingness to submit myself to you that brings you joy. Yes, it does. You must know more than you have already said. Yes, I do. Tell me what you know. You have been and are and will continue to do a good work in me. You are helping me to become like you in my thoughts and words and actions. What else? Nothing, but good can come out of my inviting you to examine my life. I will never regret that you examined my life. I will never regret when you change me in ways that please you. I want what you want. I want to live the life you have called me to life. I want to be the person you have called me to be. These desires that you have placed in me will only occur as you examine my life and do your good work in me. So here I am, and I will say it again, “examine me”. Yes, I will. Yes, I will continue to do my good work in you. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, examine my life thoroughly. Test me. Do your work in me. Mold and shape me. Make me to be like you. I want to think, speak, and act like you. Lead me as I walk through life with you. Guard and guide me as I live out the eternal life you have given me. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making it your daily practice to ask the Lord to investigate your life?

Living It Out…  Allow the Lord to examine your life and make changes in you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will examine your life and make changes in you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has examined your life and made changes in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow the Lord to investigate your life and make the changes He wants to make in you.

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Help Others

The Compassionate Life - Day 265 - Romans 15:1-3 - Help Others - Growing As Disciples

The Compassionate Life – Day 265 – Romans 15:1-3 – Help Others – Growing As Disciples

We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.  We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.  For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.” Romans 15:1-3 (NLT)

Help Others

That is what I want you to do for me. What do you want me to do for you? I want you to help others. That may sound easy. That may seem like a very basic and very uncomplicated request. Does it? I don’t know, I’m not sure. You are right to be cautious. Why is that? I am asking a lot of you. Helping others will not always be easy. Helping others will often be everything but uncomplicated. Helping others will take you out of your comfort zone. Helping others will cause you inconvenience. Helping others will take you way out of your way. Helping others will require you to go the extra mile and then some. You can also be sure that you will receive no encouragement from the world and what it values. Those who are conforming to the world will largely be living to please themselves. You live in a “me first” world. Don’t let yourself be conformed into its pattern of thinking and speaking and acting. I won’t. It will be very good if you don’t.

So, what will you do? I will follow your example. I will live as you lived. I will give like you gave. I will serve like you served. I will rely on all the strength that you will give me to help those who are weak. I will build others up according to their needs. I will follow you to wherever you lead me to do whatever you ask me. I will have two questions on my mind and in my heart. What two questions will guide your thoughts and words and actions? I will ask you, “How do you want to use me?” I will ask others, “How can I help you?” You will do to have those questions continually on your mind and in your heart. Receiving and acting on the answers to those questions will make you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Receiving and acting on the answers to those questions will make you able to be a bold and bright witness for me in the world. You will reap a rich harvest. You will store up treasure in heaven with me. You will live a life that is pleasing to me. That is what I want. That is what I will do. I will live to serve you and others. That will be very good.

Lord, on my own, I am weak. But I know that you have given me strength in you. You are with me to help me.  I will follow your example. I will never live to please myself. Instead, I will use the strength you have given me to help others and build them up. Amen

Key Question…  When has the Lord given you unusual strength to help those who are weak?

Living It Out…  Be willing to be inconvenienced and go far out of your way to help those who are weak.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will give you strength to help those who are weak.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given you strength to help the weak.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you help others with all the strength the Lord has given to you.

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Create In Me A Pure Heart

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 292 - Psalm 51:10-12 - Create In Me A Pure Heart - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 292 – Psalm 51:10-12 – Create In Me A Pure Heart – Growing As Disciples

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)

Pure Heart

That is what I want. This is a hope and dream and desire that I have within me. This is how I want to live my life. Before you go any further, say more clearly what is your hope and dream and desire. I want to have a pure heart. I want to live a life of pleasing you. I want to love and follow and obey and serve you with all that is within me. I don’t want to hold anything back. I don’t want to keep anything in reserve. I want to live a life that is, “all in” for you. I want to be fully devoted to you in all I think and say and do. Is that clear enough? That is quite clear.

Where did this hope and dream and desire come from? It certainly did not come from me. I can take no credit for this hope and dream and desire being in me. This hope and dream and desire has come from you. You placed it in my heart. You have given it to me as a gift. So, we both want the same thing. You want a pure heart. I want you to have a pure heart. How have I made it possible for you to have a pure heart?  That is a very good point. That is a very good question. Only you have made it possible for me to have a pure heart.  You sent your Son into this world to live and die for me. He paid for my sins. He secured my forgiveness and cleansing. He broke the power of sin over my life. You made it possible for me to receive Him as my Savior and Lord. It is His blood that has washed away my sin. He has made me pure and white and clean and fresh in your sight. You have set a new course for my life. I have left my old and sinful life behind. I am now living the new life you have given to me. Keep on fanning the flame of my desire to live my life with and for you. Keep on helping me to distance myself from anything that would attempt to corrupt and pollute my heart. Guard and protect my heart as I love and follow and obey and serve you. That I will do. That you will do. That we will both do together. How does that sound? Wonderful, beyond what I could ever hope for, dream of, or even imagine. That is very good.

Heavenly Father, only you can create a clean heart in me. Only you can give me a fresh start. I will confess and turn from my sins. I need forgiveness and cleansing through Jesus Christ, my Savior. Give me a pure heart filled with the joy of my salvation in Him. Amen

Key Question…  When have you confessed and turned from your sins and asked God to purify your heart?

Living It Out…  Confess and turn from your sins and receive the gift of salvation available through Jesus Christ your Savior and Lord.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will create a pure heart within you as you confess your sins and receive Jesus Christ as your Savior.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group the joy you have because Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you confess and turn from your sins so you can receive forgiveness and cleansing from the Lord.

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A Pure Heart

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - A Pure Heart - Psalm 51:10 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – A Pure Heart – Psalm 51:10 – Growing As Disciples

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Pure Heart

I’ve done it again. I’ve really blown it this time. I made a big mistake. I’ve made a really bad choice. Do you mean to say that you sinned? Yes, I do. Who have you sinned against? I’ve sinned against you and another person. It’s good that you are confessing this to me. There is no sense in trying to cover it up. You can’t hide it from me. I saw you do it in the first place. I tried to prompt you and show you a way of escape so that you would not sin. But, you would not listen. You let yourself be enticed. Did you not see the way of escape that was there for you to take? Yes, I guess I did. But, you didn’t want to take it, did you? No, I didn’t. Why is that? I got so wrapped up in the heat of the moment that I felt powerless to take the way of escape and do the right thing. You played around with this sin in your mind and once you did that the way of escape closed. Do you really want to do the right thing and not sin against me and other people? Yes, desperately so. How desperately are you willing to stop playing around with sin in your heart and mind? I am very willing. I want you to create in me a pure heart so that I will have clean thoughts and right desires. Are you asking me to forgive and cleanse you? Yes, I am. You will have to make things right with the person you have sinned against. I know, I will. Good, your sins are forgiven. My son has already taken care of that for you on the cross. He has already secured your forgiveness and cleansing. I know, I am so thankful. How thankful? Are you willing to take steps to turn away from sin when it attempts to entice you again? Yes, I am. Do you have something specific in mind? Yes, I do.

You have asked for a clean heart and a pure mind, haven’t you? Yes, I have. How do you think that will happen? I don’t know. That seems obvious to me. Do you realize that every day you are presented with a choice of what you will feed your heart and mind? How is that? Everything you hear or see enters your heart and mind. What you allow entrance will either help or harm you. Is there anything that you are watching or listening to that you think might displease me? Yes, there is. Are you willing to remove those from your hearing and sight? Yes, I am. Good, but that’s only half of the equation. What else is there? You will need to feed on my word. Why is that? As you feast on my word, I will change your heart and mind with it. Where do you suggest I begin? Begin meditating on and memorizing my word that speaks directly to where you are weak and most likely to be tempted. Will that help? Yes, the Holy Spirit will take my word that you have hidden in your heart and use it to help you to stand against attacks of temptation and evil. Are you ready to begin? Yes, I am.  

Father, thank you that my forgiveness and cleansing was secured on the cross, by your son Jesus Christ. Help me now to turn away from sin. Create in me a clean heart and mind as I feast on your word.  Amen

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My Soul Thirsts For You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 103 - Psalm 63:1-8 - My Soul Thirsts For You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 103 – Psalm 63:1-8 – My Soul Thirsts For You – Growing As Disciples

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.  My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.  On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.  Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8 (NIV)

Satisfy Your Soul

You look thirsty to me. There is no question about that. I have this thirst in my soul that only you can satisfy. How do you know that to be true? Believe me, I have foolishly tried to satisfy my soul with just about everything other than you. I’m not proud of that fact. I tried to satisfy my soul with comfort and pleasure. I tried to satisfy my soul with possessions and power. I tried to satisfy my soul accomplishments and achievements. I tried to satisfy my soul with honor and applause from the world. I tried to satisfy my soul with human relationships. You get the idea. You name it, I’ve tried it. Nothing will fill the emptiness of the soul, other than you. The soul will be left desperately thirst without you. It pleases me that you have come to know this to be true. There is no doubt within you, I am the satisfier of the soul. I am the only one who can fill that emptiness inside of you. There is a God shaped void in each soul, that only I can fill. Yes, I now know that, without a doubt.

Will you allow me to satisfy your soul? How will you allow me to satisfy your soul? Those are two very good questions. Yes, I will allow you to satisfy my soul. But how do you satisfy a soul? I know. I will earnestly seek you. I will draw near to you. I will come into your presence with praise and worship. I will express my love and devotion to you. Moment by moment, day by day, month by month and year by year, I will live I an intimate relationship with you. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me, as we walk through life together. Surely then, you will continually satisfy my soul. There is no doubt about it. Yes, as you live in an intimate relationship with me, I will continue to satisfy your soul. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I have this thirst for you that is in my soul. If I were to be crawling across a sun scorched desert floor, without water, I would not have a greater thirst. I will earnestly seek you. You will have all my praise and worship and love. Satisfy this thirst in me. Amen

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Search Me

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 30 – Psalm 139:23-24 – Search Me – Growing As Disciples

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

Search Me

I have not shut myself off to you. My life is not closed to you. What do you mean by that? You have my invitation to test me. Go ahead and examine me. See what is in me. See if there is any offensive way in me. Are you confident about what I will find in you? Do I think you will find no sin in me? That is a good question. No, I’m sure that I am a sinner. I have not arrived. I am not a completed work. I am not a finished product. There is plenty of work yet to be done in me. That is why I can confidently ask you to search and test me. I know that you will remove any offensive way that is in me. I know that you will continue to mold and shape my life. You will make me into the person you want me to become. Yes, you are the work of my hands. I am molding and shaping your life.

I do know that your work in me will not always be or feel comfortable. To be molded and shaped sounds so free and easy, maybe even like going to the spa. I know that picture is far from accurate. Sometimes, your work in me has felt more like major surgery. Removing an offensive way that is in me has been and could again be very painful. My invitation to you still stands. If your work in me involves some pain, I still wholeheartedly and enthusiastically welcome you to proceed. Why is that? I know you have my best in mind. What is my best for you? Your best for me is for me to be the person you have called me to be. Your best for me is for me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Your best for me is for me to follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. Your best for me is for me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, all of these things are my best for you. None of these things will be possible without you doing your work in me. That is correct. So, I will say it again, search me, test me, and remove any offensive way that is in me. That is very good. 

Lord, you have my invitation to search me completely. Test me. See what is in me. Change any offensive way that is in me. Help me to live a life that is good, right and pleasing to you. Lead me on your path. Guide me on your way everlasting. I will follow you. Amen

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Create In Me A Clean Heart

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 108 - Psalm 51:7-12 - Create In Me A Clean Heart- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 108 – Psalm 51:7-12 – Create In Me A Clean Heart- Growing As Disciples

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:7-12 (ESV)  

Clean Heart

That is what I want. What is it that you want? I want a clean heart. Why do you want a clean heart? That seems like an odd question. Why is that? Doesn’t everyone want a clean heart? What do you think? Since you are asking me that question, I will assume that not everyone wants a clean heart. Good assumption. I’m guessing that desire doesn’t register within the hearts of most people. Good guess. So, lets return to my question. Why do you want a clean heart? I don’t want anything to hinder my desire and ability to love and follow and serve you. I want a single-hearted passion in my heart to drive my desire to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to be fully devoted to you. I want to know you. I want to hear your voice. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. None of these things will be possible unless I have a pure heart. That is true. So, that is why I want to have a clean heart. You have very good reasons for wanting a clean heart.

How will you be able to have a clean heart? Only you can make my heart clean. Do you have a role in your heart being clean? Yes, I do. I will turn away from sin. I will turn to love, follow and serve you. I will confess my sin to you. I ask you to forgive my sin and cleanse my unrighteousness. Will I forgive you of your sin? Will I cleanse you of your unrighteousness? Will I help you to turn away from sin so you can turn to love and follow and serve me? Yes, you will do all these things for me. Yes, you have done all these things for me. What has been the result of my forgiving your sins and cleansing your unrighteousness? You have given me a clean heart. You have given me joy in the salvation I have in you. You have filled me with a passionate desire to love and follow and serve you. You have answered my prayers and fulfilled the desire of my heart. For that I am thankful beyond words. That is very good. 

Lord, I know that I am a sinner. I am in need of your forgiveness and cleansing of my sin. I will confess my sins to you. Thank you, for forgiving me of all sins and cleansing me of all my unrighteousness. You have given me joy in loving, following and serving you. Amen

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Search Me, O God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 82 - Psalm 139:23-24 - Search Me, O God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 82 – Psalm 139:23-24 – Search Me, O God – Growing As Disciples

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

Search Me

I’m not sure if this is the best or worst time to pray this prayer. Why is that? I am so frustrated. I am absolutely churning inside. There is no calm within. Do you mean to say that you are angry? Yes, I am angry. Do you have ample reason to be angry? Are you justified in being as angry as you are? Probably not. Do you think that I am pleased with your anger? Certainly not. Have you let a relatively minor situation get the best of you? Without, a doubt. Have you lost all your perspective and allowed yourself to overcome with emotion? There is no doubt about it. Guess what. What? This is a perfect time to draw near to me. This is an ideal time to ask me to search you to remove any offensive way that is within you. Why is that? What is at the surface? What has coming bubbling out of you? What is obvious for both of us to see? I can see that I am unnecessarily angry. I can see that I have foolishly let something upset me. I have let a minor detail in life cause me to lose all perspective. That is good. What is good about that? It is good that you see these things. It is great that you are confessing them to me. You are not trying to hide anything from me. No, I am not. That’s very good isn’t it? Yes, I can see that now.

What would you like me to do for you? I would like you to forgive me. You are forgiven. I would also like you to search me. That is never hard for you, but it is especially easy today. Yes, it is. Well, I would like you to remove this anger from me. What anger? Yes, I get it. You have already removed this anger from me. Is there something else that you would like me to do for you? Yes, I would like you to help me to overcome situations that might be frustrating. I would like you to give me victory over anger. What do I want you to do? You want me to be quick to listen, slow to speak and be slow to become angry. Yes, I do. That’s what I want as well. Good, I will hear and answer your prayer. I will lead you in my everlasting way. You will live the life that I am calling you to live. Thank you, Lord.  

Lord, I welcome you to search me. I don’t confidently say that thinking you will find no offensive way that is within me. Just the opposite is true; I am sure you will find an offensive way in me that certainly needs to be removed. I welcome your work in me. Amen

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Your Steadfast Love

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 79 – Psalm 63:1-4 – Your Steadfast Love – Growing As Disciples

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. Psalm 63:1-4 (ESV)

Earnest Desire

It is my earnest desire to seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is my joy to be in your presence. It is my delight to meet with you in solitude and silence. You have placed within me this insatiable desire for you. If I were like a thirsty traveler crawling across the desert floor in search of water, my desire would not be stronger than it is for you. This desire within me is not to my credit. This desire did not originate in me. I have not given birth to this desire, nor would I be able to stir it up within me. You have started this flame of desire within me. You have fanned the flame of this desire within me. For this I give you my wholehearted and undying thanks. That is very good.

What do you hope to gain as you seek me with all your heart? What do you hope will be the outcome of your coming to meet with me? What do you believe I will do in you, for you and through you as you draw near to me? I hope to come to know you intimately. I want to hear your voice. I want to receive your instruction. I want to follow your guidance. I want you to guard and guide my life. Is that it? No, I’m just getting warmed up. As I am in your presence, I want you to mold and shape my life. I want you to change my heart and transform my mind. I want to be able to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. I want to be able to live a life that is pleasing to you. Is that it? No, I have much more that I hope for and believe that you will do in me, for me, and through me as I remain in your presence. I want to be able to shine brightly in the world for you. I want to be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want others to be drawn to you through your life being lived out in and through me. Surely this must be all you want from me? No, I am not nearly done with my what I am asking for from you. I want to be able to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want my life to be filled with praise and thanks to you. I want to give you the honor and glory that you deserve. I want to worship you with all that is within Is that it? Is that enough? Have I asked for too little? Yes, I want more. I want you to show me what I failed to ask you for. I want you to teach me how to pray. I want you to give and grant all the prayers that you would like me to pray. I don’t want to miss out on anything that you would like me to receive from you. I want to fully live the life that you have called me to live so I can bring you all the glory due your name. Now, for the moment, I am done with my requests from you. I believe that you will hear and answer these prayers that you have given me to pray. Yes, I will hear and answer your prayers as you keep on earnestly seeking me with all your heart. 

Heavenly Father, my soul thirsts for you. My body longs for you. I will earnestly seek you. I will seek you as if I were a thirsty person crawling across the desert floor looking for water. I want to come to know you and give you praise for your steadfast love. Amen

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