Praying with Right Motives
We all want our prayers to be “effective”, right? To have our prayers answered, and in the way that we want them? We look so much at the “results” of our prayers, we sometimes become selfish in our desires and pray with the incorrect intentions.
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” James 4:3. We also need to make sure that we are praying in a way that lines up with God’s will. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us” 1 John 5:14. Praying with God’s will in mind is essentially praying while knowing what He would want, and we can find God’s will in Scripture. In keeping with what I wrote about last month, we should pray continually. In Luke 18:1, we are told to pray with persistence and “not give up.” We should also make sure that when we present our requests to God, we pray with faith (James 1:5-6). It is the strength of our faith, not the length of our prayers, that pleases Him. After all, God knows what our needs are even before we ask (Matthew 6:8).