Lately I have been considering prayer. In James 4 we read the fairly intense words
“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:2-4)
We know that we are people in need. There are needs in our souls, in our families, in our health, our church, our city and our world. I want to see these needs resolved. I want to see these needs resolved in a way that glorifies God and brings deep resolution in our lives.
I am not an aggressive person. But, I find these words from James challenging. Is it possible that even some of the reason that I don’t see the resolution that I want is because I am not asking God? That I am not faithful to keep on seeking Him in prayer for resolution? I am also challenged that I need to allow the Spirit of God to keep changing my heart, so that my desires are not transfixed on my own pleasure but on God’s glory and the betterment of others.
Are there areas in your life where there is pain, struggle or need? Let’s bring these things to God. We can bring them to Him together. We have a number of places where we pray together: after each service, each Wednesday at noon during “Prayer and Fasting”, at our prayer meeting (the next one is February 2nd at 5pm), through the prayer chain or simply by asking each other to pray with us.
This season let’s pursue God together. Who knows what might happen? Because it is possible that we do not have what we long for because we do not ask.