“Work, but not for the food that perishes, but for the food that remains for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father pointed to it.”
What interests you most: the person of JESUS, or what He can do for you? I fear that many of us are more concerned with what he can give us, than knowing who He is. But this is nothing new; JESUS had this same problem when he walked the earth. Crowds often sought Him for what He could do for them. Although his needs were real, CHRIST knew his true motivation.
There is a very thin line between trying to use the LORD selfishly to get what we want, and humbly coming to Him with our struggles and needs. Some of the problems we bring to him are so pressing and urgent in our minds that our desire for him to act in the way we want is greater than our willingness to submit to his will. Sometimes, what we call “faith” is really a demanding spirit.
We must remember that our needs will end, but that JESUS CHRIST will remain forever. If our prayers have had to do only with presenting our requests to the LORD, we have lost the great opportunity to meet the One with whom we will spend eternity. Let’s invest time in the search for intimacy with CHRIST. Then we can enjoy forever the benefits of that relationship.
How much of the prayer is dedicated to asking for the needs and how much time to meet the LORD? Although GOD delights in our prayers and tells us to pray for everything, he also wants us to approach Him simply because we like to enjoy his company.
Beloved LORD, thank you for YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. May our prayers not only cry out for Your provision or Your guidance but be the means to thank you and enjoy Your wonderful company. In the name of JESUS. Amen and Amen.