Lori Dixon talks to us about how we are to approach the throne. We are to cast our burdens on Him then turn our eyes and hearts toward Him and His people.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:3 ESV)
Do you have a friend who when you see her name on call display or text you brace yourself because she only ever contacts you when she needs something? How long is it until you become a bit frustrated with the lack of health and reciprocity in your relationship?
Thank God that He doesn’t resent us for doing the same thing to Him. While He loves us unconditionally, I do think it grieves His heart when we only run to Him for help or stuff. James speaks of immature Christians whose hearts were corrupt and whose prayers were seemingly not being answered. They desired things of the world and wasted prayers on things that were not godly.
Sometimes my prayers can be so selfish. I’m not talking just about the ‘God, let us win a lottery’ kind of prayers, but also prayers for my own healing. Paul so got the concept of dropping a quick request for deliverance of his personal afflictions but then would cry out in verse after verse with petitions for his brothers and sisters in Christ.
I am learning (slowly) that this is how we are to approach the throne. He tells us to cast our burdens on Him, (and boy do I), but then we are to turn our eyes and hearts towards Him and His people. With prayerful hearts we can then take those calls for help from our friends, joyful for the opportunity to be His hands and feet on earth.
Lord, forgive us for being so selfish in our approach to prayer. Thank you for the gift of your Son and the truth that He intercedes for us. Help us to have hearts that are turned out and not in. Amen