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THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 19: The Prayers of the Selfish will Not Be Answered (James 4:3 & 1-2)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: There are many roads to travel and things to see and hear as the saints that come with an inspired word on their hearts sojourn. Much will never be told as the midnight sky renders peace to some and sorrow to others. Thus we only tell what we have been told as we know nothing in the flesh.
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved as we come in prayer with a clean and pure heart we guard against our selfish motives of the flesh. Thus we pray for strength to be forever in the Spirit and without iniquity in our hearts and minds. Often this is a great challenge as many come to confront the true saints of God. However our prayers go out to all the righteous and the unrighteous. Follow us now as once again we see what the Bible says about this aspect of prayer. Here we will get a blessing as we see the beauty and majesty of God’s word. Glory to God.
At the Book of James the 4th Division the writer James reflects on the humility produced by faith. Here we will also see another testimony regarding keeping the heart free from iniquity especially toward the enemies of God. Are the enemies of the saints also the enemies of God? Can we also conclude that all those that bow and fall down prostrate to the world are the adversaries of God? Meanwhile at James 4: 3 we find our primary scripture however we will also include verses 1 & 2 but we will begin with verse 3.
James 4: 3: “Ye ask, and receive not because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
James 4: 1: “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”
James 4: 2: “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”
At this place James is writing about spiritual and moral things and not wars in the literal sense. Meanwhile he notes lusts as things that are a contradiction to the things of Christ. Also when those that are lost are not able to obtain all of the things they crave and desire they have thoughts of homicide. (See I John 3: 15). But these same people may have received some of the things they asked for if they had made the requests in a lawful manner.
At verse 3 our primary verse we see that although some made requests in an unlawful manner however they were refused because of the impure motive that produced the requests. Thus unrighteous motives to satisfy personal lusts are not in line with the righteous and pure in heart prayer. Meanwhile we see a group of confused disciples then and now who want to partake of the world and at the same time pretend to be serving God. Brethren do you see this in your life as you toil on this earth? Do you see many of the lost brethren in the church holding fast to the world and believe that they still serve God? Do they know exactly what they are doing? Are they just blind to Truth? Will the study of the Bible render sight to the blind?
Follow us now back to the Old Testament and the Book of Job. At the 27th division Job is still wrestling with a parable. Our primary verses are 8-9 however we will box these two verses with 7 and 10 and get an even more powerful message. Glory to God.
Job 27: 7-10: “Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.”
8: “For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?”
9: “Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?”
10: Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call upon God?”
Beloved we are so grateful for the word of God and the peace it brings. Meanwhile it also brings us the wherewithal to cope and deal with the problems and trials we face along the salvation road. This is Good News and we again maintain our undying gratitude.
Job had enemies as well as many others that serve the Lord. Do those that are lost really have enemies? Well does a close collaboration with Satan render one enemy free? Think on these things. Meanwhile Job makes a gentle or mild wish that those that were his enemies would receive proper punishment. However God is in the business of taking care of our enemies in His own way. Now as we look closer at our first primary verse (8) we see that Job could not maintain his spirit of faith and be right with God if he accepts an attitude of malice that he knew was wrong. This would place him as a hypocrite and cause him to lose his soul.
It is for sure as we look at our two final verses that it would be useless for the hypocrite to cry out to the Lord in times of trouble. Thus surely was a clear reason for Job to behave properly. (Also see Psalms 66: 18 where we see clearly that those that come with iniquity in their hearts will not be hard by God in prayer. Thus we must pray with a clean and pure heart with an unselfish attitude. Glory to God).
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 19 August 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.