Life At Its Best: Align your desires with God's desires for you
By Jim Graff
Jan. 31, 2014 at midnight
Updated Jan. 30, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.
We've all heard stories that sound too good to be true, such as someone winning the lottery or an all-inclusive trip to their dream destination. It seems a little far-fetched.
If we're not careful, we can start thinking the same about the hopes God puts in our heart. Sometimes, He'll give us a promise that seems almost too perfect. Maybe it's about our family or health or a business opportunity He wants us to pursue. We want to believe, but we struggle convincing ourselves that it could really happen.
Years ago, I pastored a girl who knew what it meant to believe big. She came from a broken home with a tough financial situation. However, God put a desire in her heart to attend an expensive Christian university.
As a senior in high school, she was far short of the money she needed. One day, she heard about a college event that was raffling off four years of free tuition. She knew her chances were slim, but she went, convinced that if God gave her the desire, He could fulfill it.
Toward the end of the event, they did the drawing. The emcee mixed hundreds of names and pulled out the lucky winner. Sure enough, he drew her name. She got all of her tuition paid for. In fact, God continued to provide, and she graduated four years later and went on to earn a master's degree.
Sounds like a too good to be true moment, right? No one could've predicted that outcome. However, because she continued to pray and believe the desire God had given her, the hopes of her heart were fulfilled.
God wants the same for us. He's put specific passions in our hearts He wants us to believe for. To others, and even to us, they may seem too difficult. The logistics may not make sense. However, if we learn to be people of positive prayer, we can see them fulfilled.
Being a person of positive prayer starts with being confident we're asking for what God desires for us. Prayer is not whimsical wish-making. There are specific things He's called us to believe for. Sometimes, it's a promise in His word about our family, health or finances. Other times, it is a desire given to us through the Holy Spirit. In order to have clarity regarding what to believe for, we must spend time with Him, praying and reading His word.
We must not only be confident in what we're praying for but also in who we're praying to. God's not a distant being; He's a heavenly Father who is concerned with every detail of our lives.
Don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask Him for what He's already promised you. Instead, approach Him boldly, knowing He hears you and can bring forth the desires He's given you.
How do you approach prayer? I encourage you, don't pray with shallow hope. Align your desires with God's desires for you. Pray confident that He hears you. Let your faith lead you into an incredible future.
Jim Graff is the senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.