Today’s scripture: James 4:1-3
We truly are fleshly, fallen creatures, and James perfectly captures the state
of our hearts. We want what we want. And many of us do pretty much anything in
order to get what we want.
Not too long ago I read an article written by a “ghostwriter.” Most people know
that a ghostwriter writes another person’s story and that other person gets the
credit. This particular person gets paid by graduate students to write their
papers for them. They then turn them in to get credit. Sad, isn’t it? But what
was really tragic? Many of his “customers” are seminary students …
Truly sad …
Then those of us who selfishly seek what we want complain when God doesn’t
answer our prayers. Perhaps we should memorize verse three of today’s passage.
We don’t receive answers to our prayers because we’re asking with “wrong
motives.” Instead of praying for God’s will, no matter what that might be, we
pray for our will.
We want a better-paying job, not so we can better support our families or give
more to God’s word, but so we can buy a bigger house, a luxury car, and a
We pray for a change of heart in our spouse, instead of praying for a change in
God does answer prayer. Always. But He knows our motives. He knows our
selfishness. And He’s going to say “no” when what we’re asking for isn’t within
When you pray today, ask Him for whatever you want. However, make sure you’re
asking with right motives. And make sure you’re asking for His will—over and
above your wants.