Weak is the effort of my heart, and cold my warmest thought; but when I see Thee as Thou art, I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

from John Newton, How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Father, so often I am confused about what I really need. The shadows of longing and desire in my heart distract me from the true longings and deep desires that only you can fill.

When I am lonely, longing for a friend who can empathize with me or encourage me – what I am really longing for is the kind of relationship with you that I was created for.

When I am discontent, yearning for a peace that cannot come from my circumstances – what I am really yearning for is the perfect peace that you created me to enjoy with you in Eden.

When I feel nostalgic, remembering and longing for “the good old days” – what I am really longing for is a return to the fullness of joy that only comes from being with you, walking with you in the cool of the day (Gen 3:8).

When I am exhausted, Lord, emotionally and physically, because of life and family and ministry and the world – what I really need is not mere earthly rest and rejuvenation, but a foretaste of the rest in you that remains for your people (Heb 4:11).

All of my longings, Lord, are really longings for you. You are what I need. Help me to break my heart’s fixation on other things and to become enraptured by your beauty. Help me to loosen the grip worldly things have on my soul that my soul might be focused on and filled by you alone. Reveal to my heart that you, and you only, are praiseworthy and all-satisfying. Take my eyes off of lesser things – including myself…especially myself – and set them on your majesty and glory. Help me to see you as you are, so that I will find my rest in you and praise you as I ought. Amen.

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