Desiring God in Prayer : Do you Want Him ? – PART 1
****NOTE**** These notes and points are taken from the Sermon by David Platt – Desire – Do We Want Him – See sermon included at the end of this posting.
“And He said to them, “When you pray, say:
‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
How many times have we read through this passage in Luke and not even given it a second thought ? We may think; “Oh, yes. That is the Lord’s Prayer” – but often times it does not go far beyond that. Today I would like you to dig deeper into this passage and truly understand the meaning behind what is being said here by Christ and what He is saying about the true format of Prayer.
Let me begin by saying that this passage in Luke is showing us how we should pray and where our desires should be placed. Prayer in the closeness of intimacy with Christ is to ask or request something knowing that only God can fulfill those desires and requests.
- Desire For God is the Heart of Prayer
The point of prayer is to drive us closer into God, deeper into His arms. The point of praying should be because we want God, because we desire Him. We should as true believers have a deep longing and yearning for God because our souls crave Him and there is nothing else on this earth that can satisfy the deepest needs and desires of our heart like He can.
Without this desire, our prayer lives cannot survive. We need this deep intimate desire to draw us closer to Him and to spur us onto wanting a more profound and vulnerable relationship with this God who so sustains and fulfills us like no other can.
2. Desire For God is the Secret to Prayer
* Prayer and Desire go hand in hand. There are (in generality) two points that we can use to show how desiring God and prayer go hand in hand.
1.) Make Your Wants God’s Wants
Your main goal, what you seek towards in prayer needs to be the wants and desires of God. You need to have a passion for the things that God has a passion for and a desire for the thing that God has a desire for. Make His wants your wants. In any relationship we can see that intimacy is created by unity of affection – when you each desire the same things and you each have the same yearnings and wants. The same goes of for your relationship and prayer life with God. You need to seek to have your will joined together with His will.
Then once the above truly becomes what your heart desires it will lead you onto the 2nd point :
2.) Ask Whatever You Want
All too often Christians want to skip the first part of this and jump right into the second part, and then they become frustrated and bitter because God does not seem to be answering their prayers. The problem is that they are forgetting that God is not some magic genie that they can just rub and all of their dreams and wishes would be granted. If that were the case wouldn’t you think that Christianity would be much more widely accepted ? No, the point here is that once you make God’s desires YOUR desires you can ask what you want because what you want will be exactly what He wants and He will answer your requests. Sadly, not many care to know what the desires and wants of God really are because they are radically opposed to the things that many modern day American Christians want and desire.
As I stated above, when coming to God in intimacy, we often come to Him with requests. Luke 11:2-4 shows us 4 primary requests; things that we should be asking God while we are in prayer and conversation with Him. Take note that these things are in line with the above points. When praying the heart and desires of God need to be first and foremost that the front of our minds so that we are setting our eyes on Him and not on ourselves or our circumstances.
1. Ask God For His Glory – (vs. 2 – “Father, Hallowed be Your name”)
Many times when we read this, we view this as a declaration. Something that we are stating, simply like; “Father Your Name is Hallowed.” But in reality, the point of Jesus saying this here was to point out that this was actually a request. We need to ask that God would make His Name Hallow, not only to you as an individual, but the World around you.
The word Hallow literally means to “sanctify something.” We as believers are all pretty familiar with the term, Sanctification, but do you really understand what it means to sanctify something ? To sanctify something is the way in which it is made Holy. When we pray, “Lord, Father, Hallowed be Your name” what we ultimately are asking God is that He would cause for His righteous Name to be treated as Holy – to be regarded among every person as Holy.
God is our Sovereign Father. This God who is Sovereign over the ENTIRE Universe calls you child. This God who calls the stars by name, who has created the mountains and the valleys and seas and the skies – THIS God calls you His own, His son or His daughter. Let that sink in. When you pray to Him, this mighty and awesome Creator, you pray to Him as your dad. How much more intimately should you (would you) pray to Him when you take this into consideration and keeping this at the front of your mind while you pray ?
God is The Holy One. He is completely Unique. He is completely unlike any other. Our prayer should be that God would make Himself know as the One that know one else is like, the one who is Holy – completely set apart from everyone and everything else.
“I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.”
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
”For this reason You are great, O Lord God; for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”
2 Samuel 7:22
God is the Coming King. (Vs 2. “Your Kingdom Come”). Our prayer here should also be that God would bring His Kingdom back to earth. We should have an eagerness and a desire to His coming Kingdom. We should have our eyes set upon Him and should be looking forward to the consummation of that Kingdom. It will be a day when God will finally eradicate all evil from the earth and things will once again be as He intended.
So in this verse we see that the deep point here is that we need to desire that God make Himself known to us. Make Himself known to the World. We must desire that God be known in our lives and to the World as Holy and Great. We need to ask Him to give us that fear of Him that we may treat His name as Holy and Great as it deserves. Our desire needs to be that everyone, everywhere would know the Holiness and the Greatness of the name of God.
We as believers bear this light to the World, we are His way of showing the World His glory and holiness and greatness. We need to remember this as we interact with those around us, especially in the unsaved community. We as believers bear the name of our Father and what we do is a reflection on His name. This should cause us to tremble and seriously think things through before we act in a manner that might trodden upon His Holy and Righteous Name.
So how does this line up with the first two points about desiring that which God desires ? Well it is very evident in scripture that God desires that His name be Hallowed among the Nations, among the World. The whole person of God is inclined towards making His glory known, and because of that, our whole being should be inclined to do the same.
The Lord is high above all nations;
His glory is above the heavens.
Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
2. Ask God For His Gifts – (Vs. 3 “Give us this day our daily bread”)
Nope, this is not meaning what you might think. Often times (as I stated above) we like to think of God providing gifts for us in the sense that He is providing us with things that our selfish hearts desire. Rather, let us think about God providing gifts in the context of Exodus chapter 16 where we see that God provided for the Israelites. They had needs (real and true physical needs, not the empty “needs” like Television and Internet and brand new name brand clothing or big houses and new cards like we think are essential needs in today’s society) and He provided what they needed to remain sustained. So what are the two points that we see here that are key when asking God to supply us with His gifts ?
1.) God Satisfies Our Hunger
Let us ask a simple (almost ignorant) question. Why were the Israelites hungry ? The common response to that would be, because they have a need and essential desire to be fed to live. But instead of simply stopping there, why don’t we dig a little deeper, looking at this in the context that God is truly the creator of everything. WHY were they hungry ? Because that was the way that God had created and designed them (along with all of humanity). God has created within us a hunger that only He can fulfill, for not only in the physical needs but also in the spiritual.
2.) God Sustains Our Faith
“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” ~ Deuteronomy 8:3
The reason that God has placed that hunger within each of us is so that we would look to Him to be the one to fulfill and supply all of those needs. He has done this so as to teach us to trust Him to give us what we need and to supply the things that will fulfill us. His purpose in this is so that we would look to Him as our provider and seek for Him to bring those provisions to us. That is why so many feel that aching emptiness within them apart from Christ. There is a black hole that God has placed there that only He can fill. You can seek out earthly pleasures as much as you like, but nothing will fulfill that place where God is intended to be. We have all sorts of longings and desires; for things like, peace, purpose, intimacy – we need to go to God to fulfill and provide for these things because nothing in the world can fill these longings that were divinely placed inside of each one of us.
” All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.”
What we need to see in this verse is that Jesus is saying that we have a need to pray and to ask God to fulfill these things that He has placed within us all. We need to be ever so careful to guard our hearts and minds against the thinking that we ourselves can be the providers for our own hungers by going to the things of this world to fulfill us. The reason that we become so flippant and casual with prayer is because we believe that we can actually do this on our own. The world has tricked us into thinking that we can provide for our own selves because look at all of the things we seemingly already have provided for ourselves.
It is prayer that brings us back to the realization that God is the only provider and that apart from Him we have absolutely nothing and that nothing we have was gotten because of us but because He has provided it all. We need to seek God in prayer, asking Him to deliver us from the the trap of a “self-sustaining” Christian life. It is through prayer that God will begin to change our hearts to help us realize that we don’t need things, WE NEED GOD!
Lose your job ? GOD IS GREATER
Unsaved Spouse ? GOD IS GREATER
Financial Struggles ? GOD IS GREATER
Poor Health ? GOD IS GREATER
Loneliness ? GOD IS GREATER
Prodigal Children ? GOD IS GREAT
Fear ? GOD IS GREATER
GOD IS ENOUGH! He is the one who satisfies our greatest needs. He is our sustainer and our provider, and if you are regenerated in Christ then you are one of His Children and you can bet that He will provide and care for you. You simply need to come to the realization that He is enough. Period. God is ALL you NEED!’
GOD IS ALL YOU NEED!
I am going to leave off here for the day and tomorrow will pick back up on the last two primary requests that are evident in this passage. I pray that you have been as blessed and challenged reading this post as I have been writing it.
Please read the 2nd Part of this post here :
In the meantime if you would like to actually listen for yourself to the David Platt sermon that I collected my notes from, I will include it under this post. God bless you dear brethren and I pray that you will spend some serious time with God tonight seeking His face and asking Him to make the desires of His heart, the desires of yours. I would love to hear in the comments below some of the awesome ways that God has shown you that He is enough and that He is all you need, and the ways that He has provided for you and your families.