As Christians, prayer is a foundational teaching. In all things we are taught to pray. I don’t know about you, but at times my prayers don’t seem to work. Over the years, I’ve found myself in desperate situations with seemingly no answer. At first, I figured it was me, and just told myself I was the problem because I wasn’t praying enough, or perhaps my faith wasn’t strong enough. I mean honestly, isn’t that what we were all being taught? I don’t know what it is but somehow when challenges or failure arise we tend to blame ourselves, or on a really bad day, God. As I matured, I became easier on myself and learned that God was a gracious forgiving God.
Recently, I was praying about something and I heard the Lord say, “Why do you keep asking for things you know I already know?” I laughed to myself because I knew it was true. I had been taught that when you ask, keep on asking, and when you knock, keep on knocking but this was different. (Matthew 7:7-8) I paused and said, “Okay Lord what are you saying?” The message was clear. “Your praying from an old paradigm and an old field.” Immediately. I had a visual. There was a field to my left and one to my right. My prayers were in the field to my left and Jesus was in the field to my right. I had full understand of the concept.
Then his voice followed. “In this season you no longer need to pray for that which you are about to reap, instead pray from the desires of your heart.” In that moment, I knew the difference. He wanted me to know I already had the basics of my prayers answered, but what did I want that to look like? He wanted me to get in touch with my heart and know that he his a God that not only answers prayers but gives his children the desires of their heart. (Psalm 37:4) In that moment my heart warmed at the thought of how much he loved me and I celebrated that the season had changed.
As we press forward to Passover and beyond, may we connect with the desires of our heart knowing we have a good Father that gives good gifts to his children. He is a God that exceeds our expectations, but we must first get in touch with what they are. (Ephesians 3:20-22) Awaken from survival mode, and dream again for truly you shall eat the fat of the land!