Excerpt of Last Sunday’s Message on Prayer from James 4

The problem of unanswered prayer is really this: we pray to get our own way; we do not pray because we want God to have his way. (Isn’t this the way Lord taught us to pray in Matthew 6, “…Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”?)

When we don’t get what we want we strive and we fight, many times while praying to God on the side. But it is not, “Do what you can and let the Lord do the rest,” it is “Pray for the Lord’s will to be done and then rest in his power through his means to see his will done.”

Prayer is not about getting your own way or getting what you want; it’s about receiving what the Lord knows you should have.

(This is a summary of my Applicational Thoughts on James 4:1-3)

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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One Response to Excerpt of Last Sunday’s Message on Prayer from James 4

  1. Arthur Sido says:

    I always like to say that prayers is not intended to change God, it is intended to change us.

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