When Jesus asked the disciples what they were looking for, his question demonstrated once and for all that God is concerned and interested in our desires. Clearly God does not want us to ignore our longings, push them aside, or put them to death. Indeed, the exact opposite is true. God wants us to listen to the desires of our hearts, to befriend them, to understand them, and then to ask for what we want. Whatever our longings may be, God really is interested.
—Trevor Hudson, Questions God Asks Us (Upper Room Books, 2008)
What spiritual practice helps you honestly tell God about your desires? Join the conversation.
In the path of your judgments,
O LORD, we wait for you;
your name and your renown
are the soul’s desire.
—Isaiah 26:8 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, help me hear what you are asking of me.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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