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Today's Devotional

Desires of the Heart

God is moved by your desires. That doesn’t mean he can’t veto them when necessary. But the idea that your desires are a shot in the dark that may or may not hit the center of his will—and are pointless if they don’t—is not biblical. Jesus made that clear:

“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:14 NKJV)

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7 NKJV)

“I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16 NKJV)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. . . . Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24 NKJV)

Granted, it’s ideal when we’re so saturated in him that his desires fill us, then we pray from those desires. But this is a real relationship, and in deep relationships, hearts blend in ways that are hard to understand. Are they his desires or ours? Either way, he cares about them.

God wants to hear what pours out of your heart. He wants you to present your dreams to him in faith and let him shape them. That’s where hearts bond—and where desires come to be satisfied.

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