Receiving the Secret Petitions of Your Heart

Have you ever had a desire for something that you wouldn’t even talk about for fear that you would “jinx” it from coming to pass?secret

We all have those secret petitions that we keep deep inside, sometimes only known to God.

Sometimes we feel that they are not spiritual, therefore God doesn’t care about them.

As a former high school teacher, I recall a conversation between a teacher and student when the student explained he was praying he would make the basketball team.

“You’re not supposed to pray about things like that,” the teacher said.

But I beg to differ.  If it’s important to you, then it’s important to God.

That is evident in Psalm 37:4

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. “(AMP)

Like with many of God’s promises, there is a key to receiving.

Delight yourself in God.

Notice, this verse doesn’t say, delight God.  It explains to delight YOURSELF.

Having a relationship with God should be delightful.

How is this accomplished?

By trusting His definition of Himself--Love. (1 John 4:8)

If you truly believe He is Love, then you will trust He only wants the best in life for you.

 Think about your children…it’s much easier to grant their requests when the relationship between the two of you is delightful and not estranged.

If you have some issues with your Father, why not take it up with Him?

Get distance out of the way because He is ready to help make those secret petitions of your heart a reality.


Did you know sometimes God is so ready to grant our desires that, at times, He grants them before we ask?

In college, I recall standing in the English building at Troy University looking at a bulletin board I passed each day.

On this particular day I happen to notice an honor society called Sigma Tau Delta.

“That’s funny,” I thought.  “I’ve never seen that before.”

The next day I received an invitation in the mail to become a part of this honor society for English majors.

I had to chuckle thinking of how God was already planning this blessing even before I knew to ask for it.

Jesus explained our Heavenly Dad’s goodness when He said,

“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” (Matthew 7:11 NLT)

I’m sure you know what a joy it is to give your children the desires of their heart.

Just imagine–our Heavenly Dad wants to give us our desires even more–so much more that the moment the desire pops into our heart–it’s already granted!!!


And, of course, there are needs we have that seem impossible for God to meet.

Let me assure you–there is no need bigger than God.

We can either look at a big problem and see a small God, or we can look at a small problem and see a big GOD!


We own a business that manufactures steel components for electrical substations.

We started this manufacturing business on the town’s busy main street, not exactly ideal for our forklifts that had to transport steel that can be up to 40′ in length.

Not to mention the employee parking and storing of excess steel on a yard.

It was only a short span of time after we began our manufacturing company that a contractor was hired to remodel the buildings on the main street.

Knowing that our manufacturing business was not a good fit for the main street, the contractor offered us a new building with yard space if we would call it an even swap for our three old main street buildings.

We jumped at the chance!

We got a NEW building, WITH LAND, for no additional cost.

God had met an immediate need.

The years passed by and our business began to grow in ways that would have been impossible on a busy main street.

That came with a new set of problems, however.

As our business grew, so did our employees, which meant more parking area was needed.

We also needed area to load steel onto diesel trucks for shipping, as well as enough area to store steel for upcoming shipments.

We also outgrew the building and remodeled some of the unused office space into shop space, creating an odd layout that caused our forklift drivers to get very creative moving long steel channels around the shop space since our building was not designed with overhead cranes.

Knowing we needed more space, but knowing how much commercial property cost, we began to pray concerning this need, while at the same time realizing how difficult it was to solve financially.


Driving my daughter to school one day, I noticed a car dealership had been listed for sale.

My heart leaped as I thought how perfect the building and land would be for our company.

I quickly called the real estate agent to find out the property had been repossessed by the bank and had been reduced from over $1,000,000 to $800,000.

We certainly didn’t have this kind of money, but I knew my Heavenly Dad did.

I begin to pray and stand on the promise from Proverbs 13:22

“Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.” (NLT)

We began to declare this Scripture and claim the promise of God’s provision.

We made an offer on the property that offended the real estate agent because it was half of the current asking price.

Long story short, we did not pursue the property for nearly a year, but, one day out of the blue, the real estate agent called to tell us the bank was ready to accept our offer!

Today, we are enjoying our office buildings and yard.

Mid-South Fabrications, Inc.

We have grown even more and have enlarged this facility as well.  Currently, we are looking to make one more addition for more shop space.


And, as always, we still delight ourselves in having a relationship with our Heavenly Dad.

Pastoring a church and running a company isn’t always easy.  Matter of fact, I worried for a long time about our time being split between the two.

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Daddy God eased my mind one day when he spoke this to my spirit…

“If I can help David run a kingdom and lead an army, I can help Keven run a business and pastor a church.”

God is good in that He gives us the strength to do all He has put into our care.

And He is good to give us the secret petitions we long to see, as well as those we need to see come to pass.

Ending Prayer

Heavenly Father, I thank you for every dream you’ve made come to pass for me.  You know there are still some secret desires I wish to see come true.  I know you care about these because they are important to me and I am important to you.  My relationship with you is delightful, and as you grant the secret petitions of my heart as You’ve promised, I ask you to help me find more and more delight in doing life with You.

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Why Should I Sit Still During Church?

Recently at Amazing Grace Worship Center, we had noticed an inappropriate amount of people leaving and re-entering the sanctuary.

My husband and pastor asked a security member to count how many people were going in and out during a service.

From 10:30 am–11:30 am 25 people left the sanctuary for various reasons and re-entered later.

Some went to the restroom, many went outside, and some visited the water fountain and then returned.

We average around 175 on a given Sunday, so in a church our size 14% of the congregation left and re-entered the service.

I suppose that’s not terrible, but enough that it prompted my husband to ask security to count.

My husband has asked the ushers and security team to continue to keep a check on this and we hope to see a decrease in numbers very soon.


 

So, why is it important to respect the sanctuary to the degree that we remain inside if possible?

Before delving into the reasons, let me first say that we do understand there are young mothers that need to take small children out, people with chronic pain that simply must move around…

those with bladder issues that must be relieved, workaholics that just finished a shift but made church a priority and are fighting to stay awake

and those of us who have to make it to work on time and need to exit.

Sometimes we need to be suffer long with others (a fruit of the spirit) and just relax and give our elderly and young mothers a break.

But, overall, most of us are capable of remaining in the sanctuary most of the time.

I hope these reasons shed new light on an old subject that you thought may be just old-fashioned thinking.


  1.  It’s a sign of respect

We are in the Presence of our Heavenly Father and He is most worthy of our undivided attention.

In Old Testament times, Israel would stand on their feet up to a quarter of the day listening to the Word of God being read (Nehemiah 9:3).

At Amazing Grace WC, we stand for praise and worship around 30 minutes, then again when the Pastor reads the sermon text.  Aren’t you glad you don’t live in Old Testament times?

By remaining inside the sanctuary, we are basically giving the impression that we believe that worship and hearing the Word of God is more important that anything else that competes for our attention at the moment.

2.  It Keeps Down Distractions

You never know what the Holy Spirit is doing in the soul of a person during a worship song.

And you never know what words the pastor is speaking are cutting to the heart of a person during the sermon.

And when there is a response time for someone to choose where they will spend eternity, you never know…it could be the person next to you.

Distractions can stop the flow of the Holy Spirit.

Recently, God gave me a vision in my mind’s eye.

I was inside a deep area looking up.

A man who looked as if he worked at Express Oil Change leaned over the hole at the top I could see out of.

He began pouring oil into the hole.  I understood it to be a car motor.

Then, the Holy Spirit said, “Just as a car needs oil to run smoothly, the church needs the oil of anointing to run smoothly.”

I pondered on that and took it to God in prayer for more clarity.

God began to expound the meaning to me and I have come to understand that the oil is the Holy Spirit and the anointing is the result of the Holy Spirit being able to flow.

A church should provide the Holy Spirit with the liberty He needs to flow and move in a service so that people’s lives can be changed.

When distractions happen, a person’s focus is taken from what God is doing to what people are doing.

Thus, stopping the flow.

Can the flow continue?  Yes, but it will require the person to re-focus.  Sometimes, this is not possible once focus is broken.

The work the Holy Spirit is trying to accomplish is interrupted, at least for the distracted individual.

If there is one person I’d rather not interrupt–it’s the Holy Spirit.

3.  It Makes God’s Presence the Focus

When you decide to honor the sanctuary by remaining in it to receive all you can, you have just committed to putting God first.

In such a technological society, we are not good at focusing.

Ever seen a person trying to walk down the sidewalk and text at the same time?

We watch tv and surf the web. We drive and text.  We work and check our facebook.  We exercise and stream music.

To put all distractions aside to focus solely on God’s Presence takes commitment.

One that He notices.

If you take care of God’s house, you can bet He will take care of yours.

He appreciates and desires our focus and attentiveness while in His house.


I’d like to leave you with Charisma Magazine’s Top 10 Rudest Things People Do In Church and ask that you be mindful that this does not apply to you.  If you see an * at the beginning of the number, these are also some of the top complaints at Amazing Grace as well.

  1.  *Talking during service (to an annoying degree, of course)
  2.  *Texting or surfing the web during service
  3.  Sleeping or snoring during a sermon
  4.  Clipping fingernails during service (this one surprised me!)
  5.  Answering a ringing phone in church (one pastor said a lengthy conversation then ensued).
  6. *Constantly getting up and leaving the sanctuary, presumably to go to the bathroom.
  7. *Walking out of a service early, especially during a prayer (8 people exited our church this past Sunday during the altar response time).
  8.  Letting babies cry incessantly during a service.
  9.  Chewing or smacking gum.
  10.  *Public displays of affection.

Having said all that, let me leave you with 1 Corinthians 14:1:

“Let love be your greatest aim”heart

Be patient with people, and at the same time, pray for those who distract most often in your church service.

Teach those in your home why remaining in service is important.  Those are the only people you can control anyway.

And pray that the Holy Spirit is able to flow by binding distractions and losing God’s angels to minister BEFORE service begins.

We have a room designated for this called The Fireplace. Anyone is welcome to pray there before any service.

For more info on hosting the Presence of the Holy Spirit, see my YouTube video, The Dove on Your Shoulder by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyeXqLq0WIU

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