Image: Rose, North Garden, Virginia, October 2020
Note: Devotion taken from last Sunday's sermon on James 4:1-4.
ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your
lusts (James 4:3).
here suggests that one reason for unrest in the heart is faulty prayer,
immature prayer, self-serving prayer, described here as “asking amiss.”
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.
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).
reason to pray for an education is to love God with your mind.
reason to pray for a job is to serve God with your vocation.
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.
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.
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.
reason to pray for children is so that you might be able to raise disciples for
reason to pray for good health is so that you might serve him with your body.
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.
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