What’s your heart’s desire for the year, 2020?
As I drive my granddaughters to school of the mornings, we work on memorizing scriptures. Then we pray over our day and for other concerns or needs we have. I also model for my granddaughters how to formulate prayers from the specific scriptures we are working on. In this way I am attempting to teach my granddaughters to pray biblical prayers.
By doing so, we can be confident we are praying according to the will of God. If we are praying according to his will then we can be confident he hears us. And if we know God hears our prayers, we can be equally confident he will give us what we are petitioning him for (1 John 5:14).
When we were working on memorizing an example prayer by the apostle Paul from Colossians 1:9-13, I asked my granddaughters from the list of things Paul prayed for the Colossian believers which they would pray for themselves. Without any hesitation, Anna, age thirteen, answered that she would be filled with the knowledge of his will. I think many of us would have the same heart’s desire. We all want to know what God’s will is for our lives. Ezekiel 33:7-9 reveals an important element of God’s will.
“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.”
God’s will is that we warn others of the result they will face if they reject salvation. We can accomplish God’s will by sharing the gospel with whosoever he gives us opportunity in 2020. May that be our heart’s desire and may God give us the desires of our hearts.