“saying, ‘Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours, be done.'” -Luke 22:42
Sometimes God answers our prayers even when He knows it is not what is best for us. Hezekiah prayed for 15 more years of life, but they ended up being the worst years of his life.
Hezekiah wanted his own will. We need to learn “Not my will but Yours be done.”
-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Evening Sermon
“The Selfish Prayer” from 2 Chronicles 32)
“And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes and be careful to obey My rules.” -Ezekiel 36:27
Don’t boast in your obedience, but rather bow in gratitude to the One who gives you both the desire and the power to obey.
-Paul Tripp via Twitter
“My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, saith the Lord.” -Jeremiah 31:4
Note the “my” which comes twice: “My people shall be satisfied with my goodness.”
The kind of people who are satisfied with God are marked out as God’s own. He is pleased with them, for they are pleased with Him. They call Him their God, and He calls them His people; He is satisfied to take them for a portion, and they are satisfied with Him for their portion. There is a mutual communion of delight between God’s Israel and Israel’s God.
These people are satisfied. This is a grand thing. Very few of the sons of men are ever satisfied, let their lot be what it may; they have swallowed the horse-leech, and it continually cries, “Give! give!” Only sanctified souls are satisfied souls. God Himself must both convert us and content us.
It is no wonder that the Lord’s people should be satisfied with the goodness of their Lord. Here is goodness without mixture, bounty without stint, mercy without chiding, love without change, favor without reserve. If God’s goodness does not satisfy us, what will? What! are we still groaning? Surely there is a wrong desire within if it be one which God’s goodness does not satisfy.
Lord, I am satisfied. Blessed be Thy name.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee. And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in…” -1 Chronicles 7:2-4
What do you do if the Lord says “No” to what you feel you need to do? What happens if you cannot fulfill the desire in your heart? If you can’t do what you have desired, do like David and help those who can.
–excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Evening Sermon: “David Denied“
Recent SERMON AUDIO
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” -Romans 1:8-12
Pray for the good of others and the glory of God. -Steve Wainright
[from Sunday Morning Sermon: Heartfelt Prayer & Desire | Romans 1:8-13]