What Is Your Motive in Prayer?

James accused his readers of fighting one another (Imagine that! A church where the members fought one another!). They fought, he said, because they did not have what they needed, and they lacked, because they had failed to ask. However, he knew that some would object to that charge, contending that they had asked. To those Christians, James said, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3).
Their motives in prayer were wrong. Their motives were wrong because their attitudes were wrong. Their attitudes were wrong, because their emphasis in life was not in harmony with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What is your life about? How do you use prayer in conjunction with what you see as your purpose in life?

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