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Why Do You Ask?

By Don Loftis | 05.22.13

The apostle John chronicles at length the events that took place in the upper room on the night before Jesus’ crucifixion.  In chapter 17 he records Jesus’ prayer which began with these words, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You.”  Christ prayed for His Father’s blessing, so that He might use it to honor His Father.

All of us pray to God asking Him to bless us in specific ways.  Often that list is long and frequently repeated.  Why do we seek these blessings?  James warns everyone in James 4:3, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your own pleasures.”

When we pray for things are we selfish or unselfish?   Do we ask for…

* Blessings (jobs, car, etc.) so we can share with those

who are less fortunate?

* Children or grandchildren who we can influence to

love and serve God?

* Health to use in serving the needs of others?

* Talents that can be put to work in advancing the

Lord’s kingdom?

Even in adversity we can find joy through fulfilling the purposes of God.  We can ask Him to work everything together for good so others will see His love, strength, and power.  We want to be sure to follow our Lord’s example in both what we seek and why we seek it.

 


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