The Prayer of Desire

Living within each of us are desires. We desire this; we long for that. Our desire for God can be called the “Prayer of Desire.”

Some of our desires are weak; others are strong.

Even though our desires are hidden deep within us, they are not hidden from God. He is aware of them. God sees our desire for him, and interprets it as prayer.

Our desire for God can be called the “Prayer of Desire.”

David wrote about this:

Psalm 38:9. Lord, all my desire is before you. My groaning is not hidden from you.

The nature of our desires is that they are always at work. Even if we are not consciously aware of them, they are busily longing for whatever it is that they desire.

Since our desire for God is a prayer, and since our desires are always at work, Augustine says our desire for God is prayer that never ends:

For it is thy heart’s desire that is thy prayer, and if thy desire continues uninterrupted, thy prayer continueth also … The continuance of thy longing is the continuance of thy prayer. [See note 1]

Do you desire God? Let your desire for him run rampant. It is a very powerful way to pray, and it is a powerful way to pray continually!



Note 1. St. Augustine, Exposition on the Book of Psalms, Psalm XXXVIII, paragraph 13


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