DCLM Sincere Milk 27 May 2023 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Right Response
Topic: Right Response
Text: James 4:1-3
2Ye 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.
3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Key Verse: “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3
Billions of people pray every day and God hears our prayers. We pray for things like – good health, success, provisions, favour and many more. Often times, everything turns out all right. But there are times that we do not receive answers, why? Apostle James in our Bible passage said one reason God doesn’t answer every prayer is because we ask for the wrong reasons and sometimes out of selfishness!
God refuses to answer the prayers of those who are selfish, over-ambitious, love pleasure and desire honour, power or riches. One should understand that God will not listen to our prayers if we have hearts filled with selfish desires. The Bible tells us that God hears only the prayers of the righteous, of those who call upon Him in truth, of the genuinely repentant and humble and of those who ask according to His will. If your prayers have not been receiving the right response, you must check up on your motives and methods. Always pray in faith, with a humble spirit and according to God’s will. In this way, you will receive the right response to your prayers.
Further Reading: Psalm 66:18
Prayer for today: Lord, teach me to pray aright so as to receive the right response.