Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 18 November 2020


Praying Amiss

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:1-3)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things I have learned about prayer is that it is so important to the Christian life.  And I have also learned the importance of knowing how to do it.  If we do not pray, we will not stay.  As the adage goes, “Seven days without prayer makes one weak.”  James said that we pray and do not receive because we are praying amiss.  In other words, we are not praying right.  We are praying for the wrong reason or for the wrong purpose.  John Gill commentary states: “We are praying not in the faith of a divine promise; nor with thankfulness for past mercies; nor with submission to the will of God; nor with a right end, to do good to others, and to make use of what might be bestowed, for the honor of God, and the interest of Christ: but that we may consume it upon your lusts.”  Do you know how to pray?  If you start your prayer by giving God praise and thanks for who He is and what He has already done for you, you probably will not pray amiss.  Give it a try.  

Sing:  Thanks, Thanks, I give you thanks, for all You have done.  I am so blessed, my soul has found rest; O’ Lord, I give you thanks.

Thought For Today:  “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)

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