When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives … James 4:3
Have you ever paid attention to how many times your prayers are more about how someone else’s sin, issue, or circumstance is affecting you than it is that person? In fact, James shares with us in 4:3 a very common issue with our prayers: motivation.
I know I would be embarrassed sometimes for anyone to hear my prayers, because they can certainly take a twist and become all about me…
Please, Lord, change so-and-so because it hurts my feelings when she says XYZ …
God, please don’t let so-and-so take that job because they will have to move so far away from me …
Will you please deal with so-and-so’s issue? It really bothers me that they’re not living right.
I dare to preface and cloak my prayers with a false spiritual concern for the “other” I want God to “help.” And as a result of the wrong motivation, I either don’t like God’s answers or, worse, I believe He is not listening to me at all!
There is a wonderful little prayer I stumbled upon several years ago, fashioned after the original “Serenity Prayer” that helps me discern the difference between pseudo and authentic prayer and reminds me to be mindful of my motivation.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change
Courage to change the person I can
And the wisdom to know that person is me.
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