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HINDRANCES TO PRAYER

July 10, 2015

Friday

 

Wrong Motives

 

James 4:3

 

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 

 

LESSON

 

We often ask God for things to enable us to satisfy our own selfish desires (“ask with wrong motives”). For example, we request more time, more money, more energy so we can do things that we desire, but that God does not desire for us. What we need to ask Him to give us is more desire for what He promises and commands (“for His will”). We also need less desire for what is contrary to His will for us.

There are those who bear testimony to the sad truth that thus far they have never received a definite answer to a prayer they have offered. Due to their failure to receive a specific answer, they are inclined to be skeptical about prayer. We tend to pose a big “why” to God when our prayers are not answered. The problem is not with God, but with us.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 28:9

 

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