Blog 71 / Our High Calling

Make Room for the Longings of God’s Heart

The natural man is not interested in the things that concern God. He is interested only in his own concerns.

But what of the believer? Do we ever take the time to listen to what is on God’s heart? A spiritual writer once wrote, “We have little room in the cluttered prayer chamber of our hearts for God’s longings.” Is this true of us?

We were made to commune with God. Sharing should flow both ways. Our heavenly Father certainly makes room for our personal concerns. He wants us to talk with Him at any time about our families, friends, jobs, finances, our dreams. But if that is all there is to our prayer life then we are missing out on something special. Psalm 25:14 tells us that God wants to take us into His confidence. He seeks those with whom He can freely share His heart.

As our Lord’s bride we should want to enter into our beloved’s confidences; to share His laughter and joy, to rejoice over the things that delight His heart such as a repentant sinner turning to Jesus. We should want to sorrow with Him over the things that grieve His heart such as the sins of His people, be jealous for His glory among the nations whose people chase after false gods, and share His righteous anger over all the injustices in the world.

The things that concern God should lead us into genuine intercession so that He can act on the prayers of His people. I must confess that I am barely treading the foothills of “Intercession Mountain” when it comes to praying for His concerns. I feel challenged by the lives of those who are climbing the higher peaks; those who have devoted their lives in pursuit of knowing God. Surely His deepest confidences are reserved for such ones.

Getting to the higher elevations where the air is thinner means laying aside unnecessary baggage and narrowing our interests. Self is the greatest hindrance to this. Dying to self and letting go of the things that compete for our time and affections is key. A God-centered prayer life is not the result of self-effort but of full surrender. It is allowing the life of Christ, who knows fully the longings of the Father’s heart, to manifest His prayer life in us in the same way that He wants to express His love, joy, peace and patience through each of us.

My challenge is this: when God searches for those who will watch and pray with Him, will He find me asleep like the disciples in Gethsemane? Or will He find in me a willing heart ready to take on His longings as my own? I pray that this would be so because I want to join the joyful company of those who, in deep communion with their Lord, are pressing ever onward and upward.



Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
It’s a wonderful life- Blog 70
when we pray for the lost – blog 69
sugar cubes and prayer – blog 68
more than meets the eye – blog 67
praising god before he answers – blog 66
Praying For God’s Glory Will Cost Us – blog 65
rejoicing over god with singing – blog 64
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 63
the glorious end God has in mind- blog 62
No Place LIke Home – blog 60
finishing well – blog 59
are we known as formidible opponents? – blog 58
Thy Kingdom Come – blog 57
A Life Lived in Pursuit of Knowing God – blog 56
The church triumphant – blog 55
we do not have because we do not ask – blog 54
exclusive property of god – blog 53
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 52
the battle is still the lord’s – blog 51
nothing is impossible with god – blog 49
It is a wonderful life – blog 48
Listening for the master’s voice – blog 47
prayer and unbelief – blog 46
Our Motivation in Praying for the Lost – blog 45
demolishing strongholds – blog 44
overcome evil with good- blog 43
dealing with strongholds – blog 42
when our prayers go unanswered – blog 41
key to unanswered prayer – blog 40
prayer and The bride – blog 39
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1