Monday's Ministry Morsel
Scripture reminds us in James 4 that our prayers are often hindered because we ask for the wrong things with wrong motivations. "You have not because you ask not, you ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend it on your pleasures." James 4:2b-3 The key to powerful prayer is positioning ourselves rightly before God who desires to answer the requests of His children and provide for them graciously.
James gives us that key that unlocks the door of God's blessing of peace and power in our lives! It is found in that same chapter in verse 7-10. "Therefore submit to God, Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, double minded, lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up."
Sin in the lives of those who are redeemed short-circuits the power supply of God's grace! The problem is not with God--the problem is with 'me'. It is not that God cannot hear but that God will not hear and respond so long as sin is prevailing in my life. Pride tells me that I can handle it or I don't need anyone else or it's just a phase that everyone goes through. However, sin in any form should be considered a very serious thing! The proper response to sin is sadness, not gladness! Mourning not glorying! When we get to the place of mourning over sin we will be in a much better place to move away from it through repentance. Yet many try to 'tough it out' in their own strength and resist the devil without first submitting themselves to God. Victory over the devil and his strategies is impossible without the presence of God at work in us supplying the power we need for every circumstance. The short of it is--we need God!
So, as you and I prepare to take on the task and challenges of the week remember that submitting to God must be first and foremost everyday if we hope to succeed. You and I will discover as we submit ourselves to His Lordship in humility that God draws us closer to Himself. We also discover that under the safety of His protection life is a much better experience--for us and for everyone around us! There is more than enough power available from Him to accomplish His design in our lives this week. Therefore, keep yourselves in the position of blessing that comes through humility and don't neglect to ask--for anything!
May the Lord continue to bless His work in each of you this week!
1 Corinthians 15:58