Before you Pray
Before you pray check your motives. Run a small checklist. Is what I'm about to pray for going to benefit the body (of Christ)? Will what I'm praying for bring honor and glory to God?
You may be surprised to find that your prayer life may be springing out of Self-centeredness. Me, me, me, Lord I need this, Lord I need that! We know that we are a selfish breed so therefore we need to constantly evaluate our prayer life.
Let's start looking at the bigger picture when we pray. Now, don't get me wrong, we can and should pray for what we want, just make sure that what we're asking God for will not only bless us but bless others and bring glory to Him!
You desire things and don't have them. You kill, and you are jealous, and you still can't get them. So you fight and quarrel. The reason you don't have is that you don't pray! Or you pray and don't receive, because you pray with the wrong motive, that of wanting to indulge your own desires. ~James 4:2-3
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