The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of October 29-November 4, 2017, is James 4:1-3. James, rather bluntly, shows the problem many of us have with our pray life. We cling to the promise that all our prayers will be answered, yet we are not satisfied until they are answered in the way that we want them to be answered.
What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask. [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures. (James 4:1-3, AMP)
We have become a generation who expects to get what we want, when we want, simply because we want. But that is not God’s way. Sometimes, God requires that we wait for Him to answer our pray in the way that we want, and, sometimes, God will not give us the answer we want. Our example for prayer should come from Jesus. Jesus did not want to die on the cross. He asked that the burden be lifted from Him, however, He also acknowledged that God’s will, not His, should be done. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, consider your daily prayer life. For what are you praying? God’s will or yours?