One Thing to Pray

I often find myself without the words to describe what I want to pray to God. I long for His will, yet I find my mind filled with my own plans. I desire Oneness with Him but my prayers feel like my wish list of my needs. I begin thanking Him like I know I am supposed to do but quickly my mind turns to all the issues I have. Then I begin to beret myself for my prayers and I end walking away feeling defeated and frustrated with myself. I want to have powerful and effective prayers and often feel like I am flailing into the wind when I pray. What do you do when you long for God’s will in your prayer life but stuck in your own desires?

Jennifer Kennedy Dean says, “changing my prayer focus from my own satisfaction and happiness to God’s glory and eternal purposes would take a brand new heart.” God promises us this – a brand new heart in Ezekial 36:26-27 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you a heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”

God promises to give me a new heart and His Spirit within me. I can relax because it isn’t something I have to conjure up, it is something He will do in me. When my prayer life feels all about me and my desires, I pray this One thing: Lord, give me your heart in this situation. Break my heart for what breaks yours. Change this heart of stone and make it yours.

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