The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Among the reasons that most motivate born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to pray, the possibility of pleasing God's heart must surely be the most personal.
"The prayer of the upright is His delight" (Proverbs 15:8).
Can it possibly be that we possess the potential to "delight" the very heart of God by communing with Him? It most certainly can, based on the authority of His Word. Those who have come to Him through faith in the Lord Jesus mean so much and matter so much that "Let me hear thy voice, for sweet is thy voice" applies to us, as affirmed by our Heavenly Father (Song of Solomon 2:14). Humble and trusting prayers please Him, when offered in sincerity and according to His truth. This we must believe, first because it is true, and then because to pray accordingly offers us the privilege of praying in response to God's love, and in the offering of our love to Him.
"I love the Lord, because He hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because He hath inclined His ear unto me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live" (Psalm 116:1-2).
God exists as the most personal of beings, meaning that communication flows within His triune being of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as the very heart of who He is. To speak and to commune constitutes a primary aspect of the very nature of God. "The Word was God" (John 1:1). Originally created in His image, the human race exists for this heart to heart, mind to mind, and utterance to utterance glory of Divine reality. "Men ought always to pray" (Psalm 18:1). Through Christ, redemption from sin means return to the communion with God for which we exist. Indeed, the Lord Jesus endured forsakenness by the Father and the Holy Spirit on the cross of Calvary, the only breach in the Divine fellowship that has ever been, or will ever be. "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46). He did so to end our spiritual and moral severance from God, making possible the fellowship that so pleases Him, and that so provides for us the very Life of our lives. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3).
Upon recovering from the heart-stilling and thrilling wonder that our Father so desires communication with us - to the degree of "delight" - surely our response must be the determination to personally please His heart by personally communing with Him, as led by His Spirit and by the truth of His Word. The Psalmist realized this, and expressed the only response imaginable to the love and grace that beckons us to draw near to the heart of God…
"When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."
"As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness."
Weekly Memory Verse
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.