I’ve started my Prayer and Thankfulness journal for 2014. As always, my grandchildren take priority and today I was “working” on the page for David, my precious now ten-years-old grandson. I was asking God to show me what to pray for him, when this thought came, to ask God that he would make him a man after God’s own heart, a man as described in Psalms 3:1-3 & 112.
Then it hit me. It was about King David in the Bible that God said he was a man after his own heart. Now this prayer has even a stronger meaning. I remember the days when David was very excited because the Bible talked about him. He would come home from church very happy to show us the stories about him. He discovered himself in the Bible!
David has years of growing up ahead of him. His first ten years seem to have gone by so quickly. Ten more years and he will have to make some choices that will impact his future. I hope I’m still here to see his progress. Six more years and he can ask me for the car keys and be the driver of my car. He better learn to drive safely!
I pray for him that he will have a tender heart towards God. I pray that God will keep him as the apple of his eye, and hide him in the shadow of his wings. I pray that no weapon forged against David will prosper, and that God will surround him with his favor as with a shield.
This is as far as I’ve gotten, because the thought of David being a man after God’s heart overwhelmed me. David will have to learn to always keep his eyes fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2). That’s the right thing for any of us to do. Only if Jesus is the center of our lives will we be men and women after God’s own heart.
Start this year right for yourself and for your family. Fix your eyes on Jesus!
Pray the Scriptures for yourself and for your family. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb 4:12).
Search your heart, like King David: (Psalm 139:23-24)
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Be a man or a woman after God’s own heart. Let the Lord sanctify you through and through. Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing. Pray for God’s favor to surround you as with a shield. Pray blessings over yourself and your family.
Follow close to the Lord as never before.
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
May we desire God more than we desire
food and shelter!