Monday, April 25
Ask and Receive?
James 4:1-8 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you...
think about it.
What gets in the way of answered prayer (4:2-3)? What do we need to do to change our motivations (4:6-8)? How have your prayers reflected some of these selfish desires? What keeps you from asking? How would practicing verse 7 improve your prayer life?
Today starts a week long series on prayer called Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers? (join us if you can). The first passage we're looking at is James 4:1-8 where James touches on prayer and very plainly tells us that we don't have because we don't ask. But he's also quick to let us know that if we do ask and we don't receive, we need to be checking exactly what is motivating our ask. Ouch! Not necessarily what we like to hear, but good direction and advice.
So thinking about how we approach prayer (properly and improperly): What it is that keeps us (you) from asking, and why is that (vs. 2)? On the flip side, what is it that causes us (you) to ask wrongly (vs. 3) and how do we take care of that? Tami W.
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