God Has placed deep longings in the heart of every human being.
Longings for: beauty, greatness, fascination, intimacy, to be enjoyed, to be wholehearted, to make a lasting impact.
Many of us have been taught to deny these longings. We’ve been told they are not of God. But the problem is not the longings – they are given of God and cannot be denied. Problems only arise when we attempt to fulfil godly, legitimate longings in ungodly wrongs ways.
Only God can fulfil the longings He has given us. Only God can truly satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. When we realise that our longings are godly and that God wants to fulfil them, we find freedom and joy. We experience intimacy with God in ways we never thought possible.
Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer, an evangelical missions organisation based on 24/7 prayer with worship. He is the founder of International House of Prayer University, which includes full-time ministry, music and media schools and the author of many books including Growing in Prayer, Passion for Jesus, God’s Answer to the Growing Crisis, Growing in the Prophetic and Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man.
Deborah Hiebert and her husband, Murray, serve on the leadership team at the International House of Prayer and are the directors of OneEleven Global, a missions sending organisation that exists to fuel the global worship movement.