Some of you out there after yesterday’s post are probably saying…
”But I ask Him. I ask Him and my prayers are still unanswered.”
“Do you know how long I have been praying about…?”
But I have to ask you…
Why are you praying for that?
What are you motives behind your prayer?
The Lord wants to give us good things, but His idea of good things and our idea of good things don’t always match up.
Let’s face it…We can be pretty selfish.
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” (James 4:3 ESV)
The Lord has been working on my heart in this area.
Yes, I have problems asking for things from the Lord because I feel selfish, but when I do ask, I have to check myself for some things before I pray.
1) What are my motives? Why am I asking the Lord for this?
Am I praying for husband to have somebody who loves me or because I want to bring God glory? Am I praying for money because I have a long list of things I want to buy or because I have people I want to help? Am I praying for that promotion because I want the prestige of that position or because I want to honor God in my workplace? Why am I praying for what I am praying for?
2) Am I praying with the belief that the Lord truly hears my prayers and is going to answer them?
When I pray, do I truly believe that God hears my prayers? Do I believe that He can and will answer them in His timing? Or do I think that He is more like a genie in a bottle and that I can wish on Him and it might or might not come true? God wants to give us good things. Do we have faith that He can supply them?
3) Am I praying for His will?
Is it truly His will that this happen or that I have what I am praying for? If is not His will, can I accept that His answer might be “no”? When I pray do I pray like Christ did in the garden? He prayed that the cup might pass from Him, but He also said, “Not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39 ESV)
“You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”
When you go to the Lord in prayer, are you asking for the good things He wants to give you correctly? Are you seeking His will? Are your motives pure? Do you truly believe that He is able?
I know that I struggle with this at times, but I have to keep working at it and pressing on because prayer is powerful.