There are times I am in circumstances that require me to seek God for the sake of God, not because I have an agenda. This is not because I don’t have an agenda or keep a prayer “wish” list. It’s just because I have no control over my list anyway, so I might as well find warmth, comfort and love from God because He is God, loves me and offers an eternal perspective full of hope. And isn’t that what trust is about anyway? Turning my control (or lack of) over to the only One who really has control and is All Knowing. When I spend time worshiping in this realm, it’s not long before my list becomes secondary to His will and He reveals Himself to me in some intimate, personal and often delightful way.
These expressions of His love to me are very real, though their significance is not always easy to explain to others. Nor is it always easy for others to explain such personal and holy “secrets” or blessings from God. It’s not because they’re not genuine, but because God chooses to extol His extravagant love in an often deeply personal way.
Truthfully, no one can love the way God can. Who else knows the number of hairs on my head? Or exactly how I was formed in the womb, including any “defects” he allows as thorns in the flesh for a greater purpose or assets and gifts He places inside for eventual discovery and selfless use. As Oswald Chambers said in “My Utmost for His Highest”, ‘then we find that God wants to get us into relationship with Himself, to get us in touch with His purposes. Are we so wedded to Jesus Christ’s idea of prayer – “They will be done” – that we catch the secrets of God? The things that make God dear to us are not so much His great big blessings as the tiny things, because they show His amazing intimacy with us. He knows every detail of our individual lives.’
Have you laid aside your prayer “wish” list lately and simply pressed into listening for His intimate expressions of love, joy and communication toward you? He has secrets ready to share with His intimate friends.