Well, here is January 18, 2010. The podcast I planned to start this month is still not ready; I was "stuck in the mud". I was inspired by a news article I read, then not much more.
Yesterday in church the root of the message was a fill-in-the-blank type of message. We were asked to finish rewriting our Psalm 27:4 where David writes "I have asked the Lord for one thing – this is what I desire!
I want to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life,so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord and contemplate in his temple."
We were asked to ask the Lord for the one thing we most desire - not for material gain, but for the thing that is closest to our hearts. It could be for our families, fulfillment of a desire we have always had, a promise you feel God had given you; whatever you desire.
This was all contingent, of course, on your relationship with God and your understanding of His word.
One example given was Queen Esther (Old Testament, Book of Esther Chapter 7:1-4) who asked for deliverance from oppression and slavery of her people. I suggest you read the complete book to understand the whole account.
Another was when the prophet Elijah was to be taken from this earth. The account from 2 Kings Chapter 2: "2:9 When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of the prophetic spirit that energizes you.” 2:10 Elijah replied, “That’s a difficult request! If you see me taken from you, may it be so, but if you don’t, it will not happen.”
The last example I will show was King Solomon, David's son, who in 2 Choronicles when asked of God what he desired to lead the people responded: "1:9 Now, Lord God, may your promise to my father David be realized, for you have made me king over a great nation as numerous as the dust of the earth. 1:10 Now give me wisdom and discernment so I can effectively lead this nation. Otherwise no one is able to make judicial decisions for this great nation of yours.” 1:11 God said to Solomon, “Because you desire this, and did not ask for riches, wealth, and honor, or for vengeance on your enemies, and because you did not ask for long life, but requested wisdom and discernment so you can make judicial decisions for my people over whom I have made you king, 1:12 you are granted wisdom and discernment. Furthermore I am giving you riches, wealth, and honor surpassing that of any king before or after you.”
All these quotes are taken from "The Net Bible", which you can download for free. You can also read them in your favorite translation. Read Phillipians 2:13 to get the perspective; it is not just your selfish desires, but as you draw closer to God he will give you desires to seek after.
Please note that Psalm 27 starts with David's praise and adoration to God, revealing his love for him. We should always start our prayer with God in mind, not us!
Now that I have a better perspective, I can get my podcast ready and hopefully get it posted by the end of January, as to not be too late!!!