What Is Your Motive for Prayer?


The reality is, prayer is often disappointing to us because we don’t get the results we desire. Pastor Bryant Wright explains why.

"When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives." - James 4:3

How do you handle it when you are disappointed in the results of prayer? Hasn’t everyone had some puzzling or disappointing outcome even with the most fervent or faith-filled prayer? Sometimes we think we have to slide those little disappointments under the rug and not talk about them. We don’t want to admit that [many of us believe] God doesn’t have all the answers.

The truth is that God is always faithful and His Word is 100% accurate every single time. Psalm 33:4 reminds us; “For the word of the Lord is upright; and all His work is done in faithfulness.” We, therefore, are dumbfounded in those times where our experience does not seem to match that truth.

You’ll find little argument from people about the importance of prayer. Most people pray. Everyone needs it. But the reality is, prayer is often disappointing to us. We don’t get the results we desire. Let me share with you why: It’s found in the Bible, in the book of James, as shown above. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives.”

Prayer is not so much about asking God for what we want. It’s about discovering what He wants for us and finding the strength to do it. Selfish prayers disappoint. Prayers to get to know God, to find strength and to do His will, bring tremendous results – sometimes even supernatural results. This kind of praying is powerful, because you get plugged into the ultimate power source – the God of the universe.

How is your prayer life? Is it fulfilling or disappointing? Remember to check your motives, for your heart is the key. Why don’t you take a moment right now and talk with God, just for the purpose of seeking His will. You’ll find your prayer life to be more fulfilling and powerful.


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