(When You Pray) Keep This In Mind…
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” – James 4:3 NASB
Too many people treat prayer like a wishing well, they throw it out there and hope for the best. Asking for the things they wish they had; the perfect boyfriend, more money in the bank account, a better job, a bigger home. While I do want to hear about all your hopes and dreams, prayer is meant to be so much more than asking a genie for your 3 wishes.
And because they approach prayer this way many people walk away disappointed. They think that I haven’t answered their prayers, when in fact I’ve chosen to answer with a “no.” They’ve put their hope in a honey pot not in a Heavenly Father who is looking out for their best interests.
Prayer is communication. It’s your chance to petition me for help and comfort and wisdom. So many times, when you think your prayer has been unanswered it’s because the answer you wanted was not the one you needed.
I care about you so much, and I am always looking out for you. When you pray keep in mind how much I love you. I’m your loving Heavenly Father and I want to give you good gifts. As my Son, Jesus reminded the crowds, “Would any of you give your hungry child a stone, if the child asked for some bread? Would you give your child a snake if the child asked for a fish? As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give good things to people who ask.” (Matthew 7:9-11 CEV)
I want you to pray. I want to hear from you. I want to bless your life. Don’t let a “no” answer discourage you, better things are on the way.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
1 – Read the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.
2 – There is a famous song which says, “Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs/ that just because he may not answer doesn’t mean he don’t care/ some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or Why not?
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