DESIRES OF THE HEART
Scripture: I Kings 3:5 "The Lord appeared to Solomon ... and said, 'What shall I give you?'"
would be your response if God approached you as He did Solomon and
said, "Ask what I shall give to you?" Would you speak rashly and
ask for the first thing that came to your mind knowing that you may
possibly regret that choice in the future? Or would you risk the
chance and ask God to come back later after you had time to think it
through? Look at four men in the scriptures and notice
the one desire of their heart.
King David asked that
he might have personal relationship, fellowship, and communion with the
Lord. In Psalms 27:4 he said, "One thing I have desired of
the Lord, and that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the
house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of
the Lord, and to inquire in His temple." David's sole desire
was to be in the Lord's presence and to be able to worship Him.
He was determined to find this special place for he wanted the Lord to
talk with Him. He sought for this intimate
communion with the Lord to the extent that God called David a
man after His own heart.
Elisha desired a double portion of
the anointing of God's Spirit that was upon the prophet Elijah.
In II Kings 2:9 Elijah asked Elisha, "What shall I do for
you before I am taken away from you?" And Elisha said, "Let
a double portion of your spirit be upon me." Elisha recognized
that it was the anointing of God on Elijah's life that caused
the wonders and miracles to happen. He knew it would take no
less than this same Spirit working in his life to empower him to do the
same works of God so he asked for a double portion. He
received this wonderful blessing because he stayed focused on the
prophet and did not allow himself to be distracted even by the
chariot of fire.
Solomon asked for wisdom and a discerning
spirit instead of riches and honor for himself. In I Kings
3:9 he said, "Give Your servant an understanding heart
to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and
bad." Solomon said that he felt like he was but a child, not
knowing how to come in or go out. To serve as king over the
people of Israel, he needed God's wisdom and the ability to discern
truth. The people and their needs was his main concern and God
granted his desire.
The Apostle Paul's desire
was "that he may know Jesus"
(In Philippians 3:10). Paul did not want to know
'about' Jesus as we know 'about' someone like the president.
He wanted to know Jesus in a deeper fashion and have a personal
intimate relationship with Him. He sought for an experience with
the Lord on the basis of the Lord's suffering, death, and the power of
His resurrection. Paul counted everything else as nothing
compared to this desire to know Jesus in a supernatural way.
37:4 says "Delight yourself also in the Lord; and He shall give
you the desires of your heart." What is your heart's
desire? Think about the desires of these men and let them
challenge your life. Allow God to form the desires within your heart. Desire
fellowship and intimate communion with the Lord so that
He may speak words in due season to you. Search for His
wisdom and discernment so that you will be able to lead God's
people with an understanding heart. Seek to abide in the beauty
of God's presence so that you may come to know Him and the
fullness of His power. Ask that a double portion of His anointing
rest on you so that you may serve and minister to His
people. Remember that God loves you and He wants to give you His