Our relationship with God ought to bring us more joy, satisfaction, and pleasure than any other relationship, activity, or material possession we have. Honestly, that is not a easy or simple endeavor. But there is nothing that the heart absorbs more than unconditional love and acceptance when we least deserve it. Scripture exhorts you to delight yourself in the Lord, finding your greatest pleasure in God and the things dear to His heart. This is how we are formed or changed. It is how we as clay are shaped and reshaped by the life and example of Jesus.
How can we find pleasure in what God enjoys? As we spend time with Him will we begin to take delight in the things God loves. This is not instant or complete. But as we spend intimate time with God and allow Him to show us our heart from His perspective, we will begin to see things as God sees them. As we adjust ourself to God, our heart will begin to desire the same things God’s heart desires. When we pray, we will find ourself asking for the very things God desires. This is not without tension or failures. But matters foremost on God’s heart will be preeminent in ours. Our first request in prayer will not be for ourself, but for God’s will to be done and His kingdom to be a reality on earth (Matt. 6:9-10).
Have you been asking God to give you the desires of your heart without first seeking to understand what is on His heart? This great qualifier prevents us from asking out of selfishness. As we find joy in the Lord, we will see what is truly important, and we will long for these things as our Father does.