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Subtle: A Plea

God, you’ve made me with a heart. You’ve put a heart in me. In that heart you’ve placed desire. And with desire comes the urge to fulfill, quench, or satisfy it. That’s not always a bad thing, of course. There is an urge to satisfy the desire of companionship by being with others. There is an urge to quench the desire of lust with intimacy. There is an urge to fulfill the desire of work by doing something good. And the list goes on. Sometimes it takes a lot of personal investment and intentionality to fulfil those desires. Thus, sometimes easier routes are chosen. Desire gets hijacked by things that masquerade as fulfilling and satisfying but are merely addicting and destructive. Sin is subtle in this way. Sin attempts to kidnap desire, hold it hostage, and force it into submission. So, Spirit, I pray that you would help me to remain allegiant and holy. Help me to keep my desires in check and aligned. Help me to keep my desires congruent with the Father’s and the Son’s. I yield to you, once again. In the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Amen.

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