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