Check Yourself & Your Motives
Trusting God when praying gives you a different kind of confidence. There is nothing anyone can say or do to make you believe that God isn’t going to come through for you.
REALITY CHECK: if you’re praying with the wrong intent, don’t even expect God to answer you.
James 4:3 (NLT) says, “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.”
Here is what I mean by the wrong intent…all you pray for is materialistic things that will benefit your own selfish desires. Every prayer is about you and has nothing to do with the Will of God. The prayers that you pray have motives that will only benefit you but harm others…that is what I mean by the wrong intent.
In addition, when you pray you also want to make sure you aren’t harboring any unforgiveness in your heart.
Mark 11:25 (NLT) says, “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
If you want God to forgive you, you must forgive others. In reality, you harboring un-forgiveness can impact your ability to effectively pray for that person if God places them on your heart to pray.
What I want you to do is take a time of self reflection, look deep inside yourself and determine if there is anyone that you need to forgive. If it is, that is something you need to get right immediately. I also challenge you all to be intentional about what you are praying for. When you pray think about what your motives are. Do your motives align with the Will of God? Are the motives behind your prayer selfish? Are you praying harm against something? Etc. Think about all of those things when you pray…
So, when you pray, pray with the right motives…in faith, in confidence, and without any unforgiveness in your heart. THEN God will respond with whatever is in accordance with HIS will.
All in all, check yourself and check your motives…AND FORGIVE!
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