We often forget how we’ve been blessed. Our desires lure us in towards more poor choices that ultimately end with us in another bad position. Sometimes the intent of our choice or desire seems innocent or even “good”. But it’s in our words that the position of our heart is given away. When we speak to God we often don’t realize what we’re truly saying. The closer it came to the time for Jesus to pay the ultimate price for all mans sin his body broke down more & more, physically & emotionally. The mortal body of Christ was susceptible to the affects of stress & pain. Jesus wanted to save man but he knew of the torment that entailed. In his prayer to God we learn the position of his heart (Matthew 26:39). Jesus is asking God if there is any other way to bring man to salvation. Jesus knows the torture that waits him but in prayer he submits himself to God in totality. Nevertheless your will be done, not mine: Jesus understands that God’s will is the proper path even if it means a tormenting death for himself. The position of his heart is to submit to God’s will.
In prayer we can certainly speak of what we would like to see happen but it’s important that we submit ourselves totally over to God and seek his will. I’ve felt lonely many times in my life & have even prayed for love. Many people after a relationship goes bad feel completely broken. They’re scared of being alone the rest of their life and ask God for someone to love them. It reminds me of the Israelites when asking for a king, someone to rule & judge them. God hears their cries & even agrees to appoint them a king but in doing so reminds them that the day they demanded a king, they had a king, the Lord their God was their king.
It applies to us now: we ask God for someone to love us so we’re not lonely and God is saying to you: you say you’re lonely when I’m always beside you, you ask me to send somebody to love you when I’ve sent you my only begotten son because I love you with a love greater than you’ll ever know.
Just like no mortal king could ever rule greater than God, no one can ever love us greater than God loves us. Our words offer clues as to our hearts position, am I praying in seeking my desire or am I seeking what God desires. God doesn’t fault us for stating our idea but our desire should never stray from being God’s will as this is where our blessings & happiness await us.
“And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the Lord your God was your king.” . 1 Samuel 12:12 KJV
“And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8:7 KJV