June 25 What Are Your Motives?

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3

What  motivates  you  to  pray?  Are you  asking  God  for something just to boost your own ego or to achieve other selfish purposes, or are you asking God to fulfill His Word so that His kingdom can come on the earth? If your motives are wrong, your prayers will be hindered.

God knows we have needs, and it’s not wrong to ask Him to fulfill them based on His Word. Jesus said, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8). Yet our main focus should be honoring God and promoting His purposes. When our priorities are right, we can trust Him to meet our daily needs. Jesus promised us, Do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. When you pray, ask God to forgive you for any impure motives and to enable you to develop the right motives through the work of the Holy Spirit. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose”.

Prayer: Father, please check the motives of my heart. Reveal when I pray with impure motives, so that I might confess them. I want to make Your purposes my own. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: God is the one who enables us to have the right motives.

Reading: 1 Chronicles 25–27; John 9:1–23; Matthew 6:31–33; Philippians 2:13

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