Posts Tagged ‘Prayer


You Have Not Because You Ask Not

Good Monday morning to you! There is a battle raging inside of us. We want what we want and we want it right now. So we’ll do anything we can to get what we want. But the one thing we should do, we don’t do. Listen to what James says:

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 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. – James 4:1-2 (NIV)

People covet and steal and kill to get what they want, but they don’t pray. We don’t turn to the One who can give us the desires of our hearts. We don’t submit to God or His will and instead we resort to sinful means to get what we want. So what is it that you truly want? Have you asked the Lord to provide that which you desire? Trust Him that, if it is His will, He will, in His time, give you what you need and what you want.

The Double-Minded Doubter

James wrote that when we doubt God in our prayers that we are like waves tossed about by the sea. He continued:

That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. – James 1:7-8 (NIV)

God is willing and able to answer the prayers we pray according to His perfect will. The question is, “Do we truly believe?” Or do we doubt God’s power and His love before we ever bow in prayer? James says that we are double-minded. When you pray today, pray in faith. Trust the Lord to provide. Trust God for healing – whether it is physical or emotional. Know that our God can move mountains if mountains need to be moved. If He doesn’t move mountains, He can carry you over them. Too often, though, we don’t even pray. I’ve heard it said that God will not answer the prayers we don’t pray. Humble yourself before Him. Pray in faith. Surrender to His will. Know that He knows what is best and will take care of you. Take a moment to pray to Him now about the most pressing need you have. May His will be done in your life today.

Faith Versus Doubt

Do you pray with faith or are your prayers filled with doubt? James tells us:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. – James 1:5-6 (NIV)
When we pray to God, we need to pray in faith. Whether it is for wisdom, daily bread or healing, we need to pray with the faith that God can and will answer our prayers according to His will. When we doubt God’s ability or willingness to answer our prayers, we shortchange Him. We need to align our wills to His will and trust that He will do what is best. So trust in the Lord today to answer your prayers as you pray in faith.

Pray For Pastors And Missionaries

Are you praying for your pastor and the missionaries your church supports? You should! Listen to Paul’s words from Colossians 4:
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. – Colossians 4:3-4 (NIV)
We need to be praying for opportunities for God’s servants to proclaim the Gospel and to proclaim it clearly. This way people will be able to respond to the good news of Jesus Christ and find the hope for which they desperately long. Pray for the successful proclamation of the Gospel here at home and abroad. Pray for opportunities for yourself, too. May we all have the boldness to proclaim the good news of Jesus everywhere we go.

Heartfelt Prayer

How is your prayer life going these days? Are you committed to prayer as a regular part of your journey of faith? Or is prayer the furthest thing from your mind or a kind of last resort when all else fails? The Apostle Paul said that we should be devoted to prayer. He wrote:

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

We need to be people of prayer. God listens to our prayers and prayer works. God changes situations and God changes us. We should do more than just ask for stuff when we pray. We need to be alert and thankful in prayer, too. That means our prayers should be heartfelt and not just routine recitations. Take some time to pray a prayer of thanksgiving to your Father in Heaven right now knowing that He loves you and hears you and will answer your prayers according to His will.

Don’t Give Up On Prayer

Good Wednesday morning to you! Do you ever wonder if God hears your prayers? Do you ever doubt His willingness to provide the answer for which you’re praying? Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV):

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

In the original language, the words, “Ask…Seek…Knock” actually mean to keep on asking, seeking and knocking. In other words, don’t give up on prayer. Keep praying for those people who don’t know Jesus. Keep praying for healing. Keep praying for strength. Keep praying for peace. Because when we give up on prayer, we’re actually giving up on God. Until He makes the answer clear, we must keep praying. Take a moment now and pray for that person or request that you’ve just about given up on. The answer you seek may just be a prayer away.

Praying For Each Other

The latest talk from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on James 5:12-20.

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