Priorities (journal 5)

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

Here are two reasons we fail to receive from God.

Firstly, what may seem to be blatantly obvious: not asking. If we don’t ask, how can we expect to receive? God does not just ‘sovereignly’ hand out answers to unprayed prayers – He desires (expects) our involvement and commitment.

Secondly is our reason for asking. Why do we want what we ask for? Is it for worldly pleasures? See the next verse (4) “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes God’s enemy”

A friend once pondered whether this might be a reason some didn’t receive healing. While healing IS God’s will, is our desire for healing linked to a desire to use our health and life for worldly instead of godly purposes?

2 thoughts on “Priorities (journal 5)

  1. I wonder if it’s a spirit of ‘self preservation’ which finds its way into prayers for healing, and if that may be why some are not answered.

    Versus the pouring out of one’s self when a person understands that God wants to grant His children a long life on earth in order to be in total selfless service to His kingdom.

  2. Yes, service to His Kingdom.

    When I was seeking God’ s will regarding healing, three primary references stood out. Firstly Deuteronomy 30: 19-20 where God gives a choice between life and death and commands the ‘Now choose life’. Secondly Psalm 118: 17-18, ‘I will not die, I will live… Thirdly Philippians 1:21 To live is Christ…

    I’ve written about all of these in more detail elsewhere.

    None of those statements refers to life for life’s sake. They ALL have a context of service to God.

    Deut 30: Now choose life so that you may live and love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him
    Psalm 118: I will proclaim what the Lord has done.
    Phil 1: A little more ‘complex’, but Paul decides that to live to do the Lord’s work is more fruitful than the personal gain of dying and being with the Lord.

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