Friday, October 23, 2020

The Vision (10.23.20): Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss

Image: Rose, North Garden, Virginia, October 2020

Note: Devotion taken from last Sunday's sermon on James 4:1-4.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (James 4:3).

James here suggests that one reason for unrest in the heart is faulty prayer, immature prayer, self-serving prayer, described here as “asking amiss.”

He reminds us that mature prayer, born of mature faith, does not center on the satisfaction of our good pleasure but in doing God’s will, giving him glory and in giving blessing to our neighbor.

So, Christ taught: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13; cf. John 16:23; 1 John 3:22).

The reason to pray for an education is to love God with your mind.

The reason to pray for a job is to serve God with your vocation.

The reason to pray for a good salary is so that you can be a faithful steward for the kingdom of the resources with which you have been entrusted.

The reason, if single, to pray for a spouse is so that you might serve him or her and establish a household where Christ is at the center.

The reason to pray for a home is so that you can extend hospitality in the name of Christ and wash the feet of the saints.

The reason to pray for children is so that you might be able to raise disciples for the Lord.

The reason to pray for good health is so that you might serve him with your body.

The reason to pray for a church is that you might join with like-minded brothers and sisters to worship the Lord and serve the brethren.

The reason to pray for the peace and security of the world is that the Great Commission might be fulfilled.

Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle


Septextura said...

That was a wonderful edifying sermon, Rev. I believe Paul would have loved to have elders like James the Just in antinomian Ephesus and carnal Corinth. He calls our Lord's brother one of the pillars (stylos/στύλοι) of the church in Galatians 2:9. Christ is always the foundation that pillars stand on, making up God's temple.

Also I've taken note to include James 4:1-4 as further expounding of James 1:13 on effectual causations when I'm discussing Soteriology with the unreformed camp.

God bless.

Jeffrey T. Riddle said...

S, Glad you found some profit in the article and sermon. Yes, I've enjoying preaching through James. Like all the Scriptures it rewards the one who reads and meditates upon it.



Hannah Woodhams said...

Thank you for sharing this, Dr Riddle. I was struggling with those exact words on the past Lord's Day (John 14.13&14), as I couldn't reconcile in my mind how I could pray for a husband in Jesus' name, when it was something I wanted for myself. I hope that this will help me to continue to pray in faith, for a husband, that I might serve him and also serve the Lord with him. Sometimes we lose sight of why we are praying when we have prayed for a long time and Satan comes in with these attacks, so it is good to be put back on the right path.

I wouldn't necessarily have come across your blog had it not been for the informative and thought provoking talk you gave at TBS today on CBGM. It was good to be able to 'be there' - thank you for taking the time to speak to us.

Jeffrey T. Riddle said...

Hannah, thanks for your comment. We are all asking Christ to teach us how to pray. Thanks also for the encouragement on the TBS talk today. I enjoyed being in the meeting.