Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. Psalms 106:15

Read: Numbers 11:31-35

Some believers are so much in a hurry that they cannot wait on God for anything. If God expects you to wait, then you have nothing else to do but wait. In fulfilling His promises, God expects you to wait on Him. The Christian race is a marathon where patience is a key component. God rewards the patient. He also rewards the impatient. When you are impatient with God concerning a blessing, by the time He gives you the blessing prematurely, it will either cause you shame for the rest of your life or may even kill you. Psalms 106:15 says God gave the Israelites their request but added leanness to their souls. Why? While in the wilderness, God gave them a mono-food product-manna but they soon got tired of it and began to lust for meat. At some point, in virtually all the families, after complaining so bitterly, they sat by the front door weeping because they did not have meat to eat. In a wilderness situation, you are under trial and therefore you are not the one to dictate what you will go through but God. In Matthew 4:1-11, our Lord Jesus Christ also went through a wilderness situation. In His case, He fasted throughout. But because the Israelite wanted to dictate to God how they should undergo their trial, God gave them flesh. As they put it in their mouths, the Lord sent a plague which destroyed many of them.

Self-will is a destroyer. Many people have severely hurt themselves as a result of their personal desires. If you find it difficult to submit your tastes, desires and habits to God, you will continue to hurt yourself. Some sisters so pressed the Lord for a particular brother as a husband to the point that the same God who had said “No” eventually said “yes”. How such sisters would have rejoiced and bragged about their accomplishment, not knowing that they had just signed up for their own unhappiness. Sometimes when God gives you your heart desires contrary to His will, everything may appear right but your soul will be plagued with leanness. A lean soul is on its way to destruction. The voice of God is cut off from the fellow and he or she will walk about as one who does not know where he or she is going. Check your desires!

Father, every request l make or desire l have, that can bring your judgment upon me, please do not grant such request and take such desires away from my heart.
Bible in one year: 2 Kings 11-14


  1. GOD please help ӎз put my desires in check & also help ӎз to be able to live according to ця will, plan & purpose for ӎз..amen!

  2. Dear Lord,tank u 4ds wrd ds morin.....Baba,am jst but a dust,Oluwa i pray wt all my heart ds morin dt evry request i mak or i had made evn desirs i av made dt wl bring ur jugdmnt upon me 2d extent of leanin my soul..........Baba do not grant me such request&take such desirs away frm my Heart....IJN(amen). Mor anointin&strength i prayd 4DADDY&mummy G.O &oda minister@RCCG..IJN(amen). Rmember me O LORD!!!. Beloved

  3. Almighty God,pls help me to always follow ur ways and desires for me and remove any request dt is not right for me before u,so dt I will become who u want me to be IJN Amen!

  4. God, give me grace always to subject my will, cravings and deepest desires to your sovereign will in Jesus name. Like Jesus, help me always to be able to say "I wish you let this cup passover, neverthless not my will but yours be done"

  5. Lord Ŧђɑ̤̥̈̊п̥̥̲̣̣̣k U̶̲̥̅̊ 4 evrith. Ȋ̝̊ have decided †̥♥ wait 4d right time n also giv me d grace †̥♥ always wait 4ur blessings. Amen

  6. God U knw the Storm in My Life now I pray that ur will be done LORD JESUS. All I ask is Ple. Dnt Put Me to Shame , Show them That U are a God of IMPOSSIBILITY

  7. O Lord help me to put my desires in check and to submite in totality to you.


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