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Why Prayer Is Disappointing

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Prayer is about getting to know the will of God, and Him providing the power to do it.

“Yet not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39).

Do you ever feel your prayers are not answered? God’s Word gives us the key in James 4:3: “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures,” (NIV).
The major reason prayer doesn’t seem to work is because we tend to pray with selfish motives. God promises to meet our needs, but needs and wants can be two very different things. So much prayer is focused on how we can use God to get what we want.

But the greatest example of prayer is found in the words of Jesus. The night before His crucifixion, He asked His Father to spare Him the agony of the cross, but then added, “Yet not My will, but Yours,” (Luke 22:42). Prayer is about getting to know the will of God, and Him providing the power to do it.

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