‘…you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives…’ James 4:3
The fifth hindrance to answered prayer is wrong motives! At a birthday party, it came time to serve the cake. A little boy named Brian blurted out, ‘I want the biggest piece!’ His mother scolded him: ‘Brian, it’s not right to ask for the biggest piece.’ The little guy looked at her in confusion and said, ‘Well then, how do I get it?’ If you have the wrong motives, your prayers won’t be answered. A motive is the why behind the what. In prayer, the reason we pray is much more important than the words we say. Having a pure heart that loves God and loves people, is always an acceptable motive to the Lord. Selfishness is unacceptable; revenge is unacceptable; manipulation and control are unacceptable; jealousy is unacceptable; pride is unacceptable. In fact, anything that is selfish is an unacceptable motive. A W Tozer writes: ‘The labour of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking ill of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to whom you must be loyal, there will always be those who will delight in insulting your idol. How then can you hope to have inward peace? The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, will never let the mind rest.’ To pray effectively we must purify our hearts on a regular basis, especially when we find ourselves wanting ‘the biggest piece.’ We need to examine our motives. Taking a look at them will be painful, but it must be done if we desire to see our prayers answered.
I hope you’re blessed by these notes, I can understand when you get weary just at the thought of reading another one, or whatever else it is that takes your joy and strength for life…be encouraged, stop for a breath of fresh air, even a sip of water, but don’t remain at the same spot too long. Pick yourself up and get going, if it counts for anything, I have the hope that You can make it, You can do it. I need you to believe it yourself.
…till next time,
easy does it 🙂