Christmas Wish List
Wish Lists! Did you make them as a kid? Do/did you receive them ever as parents? Chances are that you’ve asked to have something for Christmas at least once in your life.
I was reading James 4 on the plane yesterday, and it got me thinking about the concept of “asking” God for things and how many of us misinterpret the scripture, “ask and you shall receive.” (Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:9, or Mark 11:24)
It’s not like God is some kind of cosmic santa that gives us what we want; Jesus was not giving a magic formula for self-gratification. Make sure the things you want from God are things God would want to give you. Sometimes when we ask, we don’t get the answers we want because of selfish ambition.
James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
At other times, we dream for big things or want God to come through for something, but are not willing to pay the price of diligent study, hard work, and patient prayer.
When asking things of God in prayer, always check your heart.
Here are a few helpful and telling questions to ask:
Is it biblical?
Who gets the credit?
Have I grown enough to receive it?
Would others glorify God when they see the results?
Would it harm my continued growth in Christ if I receive it?
Will lost people come to Christ?
Will the body of Christ be edified?
Jesus told the disciples in John 14:13 that the requests made in His name would be fulfilled so that “ the Father may be glorified in the Son”. <– This must always be at the forefront of every prayer.
May everything we say, do and ask for in prayer be all for the glory of God. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name be ALL the glory because of Your lovingkindness… because of Your truth.” – Psalm 115:1