Monday, August 22, 2011

Shall Be Satisfied

What it would be to obtain Jesus as the reward of every struggle and weight that we wrestle through! I have been meditating on this, lately. In a world where everything seems to demand your time, affection, energy, and attention from the moment you awake to the moment you lay down at night, it feels much too exhausting to maintain a steady focus on the real Prize. But He shall be obtained because He can be grasped! In my prayer times lately, I have been challenged to ask greater things of my Lord, in spite of various struggles. Some of them, in my judgment, are insignificant or petty. Others, are merely too hard. But as I have thrown each one down before His throne room of mercy, I have come to learn to expect only great and good things from Him. And, through each prayer, to come to find Him as the reward to my every prayer.

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. ~ Heb 11:6

Whether this or that comes to pass, it will be according to His will and His Word. He will make it clear. But just give me Jesus when it's said and done! The Psalmist spoke confidently of this one thing,
"As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I wake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness (Ps 17:15)." The Hebrew word here for satisfied means to be sated, to be fulfilled, have one's fill of (have desire satisfied), to enrich. This is the heart-cry of the Psalms. Is this the single cry of our hearts? It needs to be this and this alone. Every hour. Every passing day. Past all our needs and questions, we must increasingly desire Yeshua as He fills every place in our lives and hearts.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Heb 12:1-2

"The essence of prayer does not consist in asking God for something but in opening our hearts to God, in speaking with Him, and living with Him in perpetual communion. Prayer is continual abandonment to God. Prayer does not mean asking God for all kinds of things we want; it is rather the desire for God Himself, the only Giver of Life, Prayer is not asking, but union with God. Prayer is not a painful effort to gain from God help in the varying needs of our lives. Prayer is the desire to possess God Himself, the Source of all life. The true spirit of prayer does not consist in asking for blessings, but in receiving Him who is the giver of all blessings, and in living a life of fellowship with Him." ~ Sadhu Sundar Singh