Since embarking on my 21 day prayer venture*, my prayer outline has done a bit of a morph from the top ten list** I previously posted. I still use the top ten, but I've consolidated it into the following:
I pray for deliverance from the power of darkness and to be filled with the power of God and strengthened with His might. I pray that Christ may dwell in our hearts and that we will know the love of Christ, that He will make us complete to work what is pleasing in His sight. AND that we would abide in Him and not be ashamed at His coming. Let us prosper in Godliness. AMEN!
I've also continued to ask for several days now, and often throughout the day, "Lord, what is your pleasure?"*** In other words, what pleases you?
This morning I prayed that we might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom, understanding and discernment...especially as it relates to decisions regarding our grandchildren. That would be complete and clear knowledge of the pleasure of God. Pleasure. As in, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction and even amusement. In order to really know God, one would need to know what pleases Him.
Well, duh. There's a bazillion verses about what pleases God: His son, His creation, His fame, our obedience, the prayers of His children and those who hope in Him. So, then. It gave me joy to know that it gives Him joy when we pray and hope in Him. When I realized the pleasure it gives me to see my sons and daughters enjoy their God-given talents and gifts, like my son with his drawings, I knew a little bit about how that might give God pleasure and I couldn't help but feel pleased!