My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways. Proverbs 23:26
When I come downstairs in the morning, and my kids pounce on me with requests and demands, I lose it. I haven’t even had coffee yet. Their rapid fire babble leaves my head spinning and my heart aching. I don’t want to be just a source for their needs to be met; I want to feel welcomed, loved and embraced for just being me.
So, I always step back, look them in the eyes, and ask to be greeted and hugged first. Once our connection is reestablished, then I’m happy to do what I can for them.
God doesn’t require this from us, but we should require it of ourselves.
Lauren Daigle has a song called First. In it, she says, “Before I bring my needs I will bring my heart.” It goes on to talk about all the ways we should welcome in and honor God before we pepper Him with our requests and demands. He too wants to reconnect with us, but for different reasons than I have with my kids.
My need for my kids to reconnect with me before demanding things is about me. I want to feel loved and valued by my children.
God’s desire for us to reconnect before stating our needs isn’t about Him; it’s about us. Too often, we make prayer a rant, a list of demands, a one-way dialogue. We bark out our agenda, make the sign of the cross, feel we’ve completed the task, and of we go. We don’t often get quiet, and seek Him out.
God knows the peace we’ll feel if we let Him envelope us with grace. He knows we’ll see everything differently if we let Him show us His perspective. He knows we’ll feel loved if we just give Him our hearts. Why would we rob ourselves of that? Isn’t that what we’re going to Him for in the first place?
I challenge us all to try reversing things in our prayer time. Rather than first unloading all our cares and worries on God (which He absolutely welcomes), and then getting quiet, let’s try bringing our hearts to Him first. We’ll be astounded by how light our burdens get even before we hand them over. Most of all, we won’t miss out on the abundant grace He’s just waiting to shower us with.
Questions for Reflection:
* In prayer, do I unload all my cares and worries first, and then get quiet to hear God’s response?
* Have I ever tried reversing the process and bringing Him my heart before all else?