Written by Austin Barngrover

 

You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2-3 NIV

 

In these verses we see James writing to servants of God who were being persecuted for their faith, and he was reminding them how to live out their Christian faith. 

 

We, as disciples of God, communicate with our Father through the power of prayer. But sometimes we tend to ask God for our wants and needs instead of the needs of God. So, when we don't get the answer we want we get frustrated and mad at God. Instead of praying in such a selfish way, we need to pray for whatever advances God's kingdom and Christ's Glory. Too many times our prayers involve the word, "me," but you can never say the Lord's Prayer and only use the words I, My, or Me. 

 

We need to realize, as children of God, that our entire purpose here on Earth is to serve God for His plan.  One way we can do that is by praying for our loved ones, whether your friends or family. If they need something it's your job to pray for them. If someone is sick or in a bad situation, pray about it and ask God to put His hand on that situation.  Again, "You do not have because you do not ask God." Friends and family are extremely important in our lives as we depend on each other.

 

God is the source of all our blessings. We have a great Father who listens to our prayers. God hears the cry of His people. Whenever we call on Him and from whatever situation, we know He is listening and He will answer. We know there is everlasting love and forgiveness. We have a good Father who has a plan and who guides us. 

 

Dear Lord, we are so grateful for Your love and Grace each and every day. Lord, forgive us when we are selfish and we don't put Your glory first. Lord, be with us when we are praying for friends and family. Let us be more like You and be with us as we continue our journey and the plan You have for us.