Going for God’s Heart

Have you ever thought of the times you spend with God? Do you wonder how we can talk with friends for hours but not with God? We often go to God to quickly throw our request down His feet and run off. We usually have a list of things we would want Him to do for us. Like bless our families, heal our bodies and protect us from evil. That is all good, but then we rush right back to our daily lives and wait to repeat the process. We hardly seek after the heart of God (who He really is) in such routines. Because we are just interested in His hand (strength and power) working on our behalf. We want the blessings but not really interested in the blesser.

Our relationship with God

Prayer should be a dialogue between us and God. Any enjoyable conversations are always a two way streak. On the other hand our prayers have become monologues. We talk continuously and only stop when we are tired without giving God the chance to respond. Do you remember times that you sit with friends and talk for hours nonstop? Do you talk without your friend’s input? You will agree with me that, that will not be a conversation at all. How come we cannot do that when we comes to God? I believe it is because of how we see God. Our perception of the Father has to align correctly with the word of God. We come to God feeling guilty or afraid to say something wrong.

In a relationship where there is fear, conversations are less frequent. Imagine you have a boss who is intimidating, would you frequent his/her office for a chat?  The answer is No. Assuming that was a misinformation on your boss, would you have missed out on a good relationship with your boss? Yes, you would. Getting the correct information about a person helps us create our perceptions of people. It then helps us relate to different people in different ways. The perceptions  we most often have of God are from our relationships with authority figures and earthly fathers. To truly know the Lord, you will have to read His word for yourself. Inaccurate perceptions of people can even cause a fearful relationship.
The Bible says in 1 John 4:18 that perfect love cast out fear. The only perfect love is the love of God for us. Many people still see God as this passionless/impersonal being. God’s children mainly knew Him for His hand (strength and power) in the Old Testament. So they always went to Him to ask for His power to work on their behalf. They also made sacrifices to Him as God to atone for their sins. In other words they knew the hand of God but hardly the heart of God. They knew Him as the God who split the Red Sea for His children. The God who fed them on the desert with manna but not as a person they could easily go to.

The heart of God 

God asked the prophet Jonah to go and tell the people of Nineveh to repent from their sins – Jonah 1-4. But the prophet flee from the Lord because he knew the heart of God. Jonah knew that God will have compassion on the people and will not destroy them. The prophet wanted the people destroyed because of their sins but God wanted the people changed.He does not want any to perish – 2 Peter 3:9  because he loves us. knowing and believing this truth sets us free to be with him and enjoy him. The Bible describes God as rich in mercy and compassionate – Ephesians 2:4
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” – John 20:17
This good God is introduce to us by our Lord Jesus as our ABBA. The word ABBA “the Father” or “my Father” is a term of closeness. We are able to relate to the figure of a father than a God or a King much better.  God is still God and King but for us His children, He is ABBA.  A father is  gracious, tender, compassionate, interested in the lives of His Children. Many earthly kings treated their subjects with contempt and no gods ever died for their worshippers. So we have translated that to the King and God the Father is. As a results we are always in a hurry to leave God’s presence lest we offend the King. Until we know the heart of our Father, we are selling ourselves short of a rich relationship with Him.

Our Prayers

We approach our Father not with natural fear and trembling.  But with reverential fear and trembling knowing He is a God and King. For example, If my father happens to be the president of a nation, all people will address him as Mr. President. You will have to make an appointment in order to see him. But as his little girl, the only name I know is, father, daddy or Abba. I can call my father at any time of the day. I have a relationship with my father the president and I can tell him all about my day yet giving him reverence. In the same way, we do not need an appointment to be with the Father.
We have a Father who is God and King who loves us so much. Knowing this cause us to linger in His presence despite our imperfections. The Holy Spirit bears witness that we are sons of God  – Romans 8:16. Unlike our earthly fathers, our Heavenly Father is good. In John 14:8-9, Phillip a disciple of Jesus asked Him to show them the Father and that will be enough. Jesus answered and said if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. Again, John 6:38  Jesus said “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me”. In other words, if the LORD Jesus healed, then it is the Father’s will to heal. If Jesus showed love and kindness, that is the will and nature of the Father. Jesus in action was the Father will and nature in action. We are liberated to called the God of Israel our Father and to freely go to Him 

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15

Is your conversation with the Father a monologue? Is prayer mundane and a chore rather than an enjoyable conversations with the Father? What are you believing about the Father that has construed your perception of Him?Because the perception you have of the Father will determine the relationship you will have with Him.You want to know His heart, find out who he really is from his word. He is waiting for you to know His heart. The Father is patiently waiting for a time with you. He is waiting  for a a dialogue and an enjoyable time with you. He is waiting for a time where prayers will be a moment by moment communication with Him. Have you talked to ABBA today? What are you waiting for?