Someone sent me a prayer recently. It read, ‘May The Lord grant you the desires of your heart.’ Superficially it seems like a good prayer and many people will say a loud amen to it. But as I read that prayer I asked myself, ‘Do I really want The Lord to grant all the desires of my heart? ‘
We all have certain desires we want to see manifest in our lives. However, not every desire in our heart is from The Lord. The super spiritual among us may be questioning this. The truth is that no matter how spiritual and deep you may appear to be in the things of the Kingdom, there are still certain desires that are a product of that part of you that wants to do its own thing, have its own way, be its own boss, go its own way, build its own empire and generally do as it pleases. There is a part of you that wants everything it sees that is flashy, beautiful, attractive. There is a part of you that wants to be recognised by people, honoured by people, seen as a great man or woman. There is a part of you that is driven by pride, driven by covetousness and driven by a desire to satisfy your own lusts. There is a part of you that wants to own more and more property just for the sake of having material things. If you don’t know this, you are living in self delusion. Bottom line is that some desires in our hearts are dangerous to our spiritual health and walk with The Lord. Such desires can compromise our faith and sabotage our destiny. Their manifestation in our lives may cause us more damage than good and they may turn out to be a curse to us instead of being a blessing.
Some of the desires in our hearts may seem harmless, mundane and banal. We may even think that Heaven doesn’t bother itself with some of these things. They may not be ‘big things’ like getting married to this person you are in llove with, relocating to another country, starting a ministry or church, launching a new business or pursuing a PhD. You ask yourself, ‘why would The Lord be interested whether you have three bags or twenty designer bags in your wardrobe?’ After all you are not hurting anyone or anything by owning those bags, or are you? Why would The Lord bother Himself with the fact that you keep buying new and more exotic cars which you never have the time to drive, but they litter the grounds of your palatial home and you present them as an exhibit of God’s blessings in your life? It is not wrong to own material things, however material things can become idols that surround us, agents of mammon, diverting our worship from The Lord and giving it to worthless things.
The truth is that every desire that finds its way into our hearts matters. Every desire we hope to see manifest in our lives matters. Every desire that we want to pursue matters. There is no such thing as a ‘harmless, small, inconsequential desire.’ If you want to invest time, energy and resources to pursue the fulfilment of a desire then it becomes important to The Lord.
Sometimes the desire in itself may be mundane but the situation surrounding its acquisition turns it into a problem. Your lust for a certain item may seduce you to compromise your kingdom focus to possess it.
The timing to have that desire may be wrong. If you somehow manipulate your way to have that desire at the time you want it and not at the time The Lord wants it for you, you may end up throwing your life out of sync with divine will and purpose. For instance, having your own house is a good desire. However the timing for the pursuit and manifestation of this desire is important. Material things are small things compared to matters of the soul. To The Lord sorting out a character issue is more important than buying a car. If you are in the habit of complaining and getting angry because you don’t have a car, the Lord my want you to deal with your negative attitude before answering the prayer for a car. If your negative attitude is not dealt with now, after you buy that car your negative attitude will have more ‘mobility’ and poison more people.
The desire for material things can blind us to the deep seated issues we have in our lives. In fact having more material things can even make us begin to think that ‘all is well with us’ because why else are we being flooded with so many material things if The Lord is not pleased with us? Many are so superstitious that they equate material things with spirituality. They are like the heathen who have made the pursuit of material things their major purpose in life. Sometimes things that are meant to be a blessing to us may become a curse because they deceive us to begin to think that it is our spirituality that is being rewarded with material things. If you turn on your television you will see preachers proclaiming that they are rich because God is pleased with them. They tell their hypnotised congregation that money is a reflection of their spirituality. This is a lie from the pit of hell.
If money is a reflection of your spirituality, why is it that some of the most obstinate, wicked and God-hating people on the planet are rich? Is their wealth a reflection or a reward of their spirituality? Of course not. Why then are we deceived to think that having more material things means we are more spiritual?
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
From this passage of scripture you can see for yourself that having material things in no way means that The Lord is pleased with you. The Lord looks at the state of our soul to assess our walk with Him, not the state of our investments or buoyancy of our bank accounts. Any preacher who tells you otherwise is lost and needs our prayers.
We should get to a place in our walk with The Lord when the most important thing in our life is not the fulfilment of our desires but how to please The Lord. We should get to the place where pleasing the Lord, Loving Him and doing his Will is more important than material things.
We should ask ourselves questions:
‘Does this desire honour The Lord?’
‘Will this desire be a blessing to me and my family?’
‘Is the timing right to pursue this desire?’
‘Will this desire move God’s kingdom agenda forward?’
Delight thyself also in the Lord;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
When we delight ourselves in The Lord, when we spend time in His word, when we put Him first and above all else in our lives, when we seek Him in the place of prayer, He begins to transform us into the very image of his Son Jesus Christ. As we take on the character of Christ our thoughts, desires and plans are transformed to reflect the very mind and character of God. This process continues throughout our Christian journey. God works on our hearts daily for us to assimilate and reflect His very thoughts and desires. Our hearts become repositories of God’s kingdom desires and agenda. Our hearts become channels and tools through which God’s Will finds expression on the earth. The desires of our hearts should align with and reflect the very heart of God. Our desires should become an extension of the reign of Christ in the earth, where His kingdom has dominion and His Will is done in every area of our lives.