Prayer Thought: ‘Cause Ya Gotta Have Faith, F-Faith, F-Faith- Part 2
The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes.
I used to think the more I sinned the less I prayed. I’m beginning to realize now that the more I pray the less I sin. You see, the more I pray the more I see my sin for what it truly is because the Holy Spirit reveals it to me. It is here that Jesus meets my sin with a crushing blow and, as a result, I grow ever-closer to the heart of God Himself.
James 4:1-4; 1 John 3:22
How can somebody pray wrongly you might ask? I mean, isn’t every prayer great? One way is by praying selfishly and desiring to spend what you receive on your own passions. You do not have because you do not ask rightly, as James says. When we ask with wrong motives, we still exhibit a form of faith-lessness that seeks to be in control of our plans, purposes, and pleasures.
How does one ask rightly? By desiring the will of God and keeping His commands. Then ask and it will be given to you freely. When we ask in faith and with pure motives, then our souls are unburdened to soar at their God-intended heights. Unspeakable joy awaits, then, as we faithfully pursue this beautiful and intimate relationship with a Holy God who desires to give good gifts to His own.
Ask the Lord to search your heart this week (Ps. 139). Pay attention in your interactions and prayers with Him. What are your overall motives for spending time with the Lord? Allow the Lord to replace any wrong motives with His fullness
Clayton J. Elliott, Kontaktmission USA
Director of Pastoral Ministries and Prayer