I opened up my YouVersion Bible app (something everyone should have on their smartphone or tablet) this morning and the verse of the day was from the Book of James, chapter 4 verse 3:
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:3 KJV)
We live in a consumer-based society. And Satan controls all of it. In fact, he controls the world. We saw that in Matthew 4:8-9 when Jesus was fasting after his baptism:
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me.”
Digital and print media advertise everything from soft drinks to cars, begging you to try their product, use their razors, or drive the newest model year of their cars. We’ve taken on a ‘keeping up with the Jones” mentality. If the neighbor has a new car, we want the same car or one that’s even better. If their patio furniture is newer and brighter than ours, we want to go out and get something even bigger and better than theirs.
Do we do the same thing when we pray?
Are we asking for big things rather than what we need?
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there are a few of us who would like God to give us a big bag of money so that we could take care of every debt that we own everyone and then have some leftover for a nice vacation.
But is that what we truly need in our lives?
Prosperity preachers like to say that you need to ask God for big things like money and cars and houses, etc. And they are not humble in the least when they show everyone how many cars they have or how big their mansions are.
Now, before I go any further, I want to be clear that I’m not out to get these guy (although I do think some of them live a rather gaudy lifestyle); my main point is that God will give you exactly what you need and when you need it. He won’t give you too much or not enough of something; He’ll give you what you need, exactly how much you need of it, and when you need it.
If you ever wonder why your prayers aren’t being answered, maybe you’re asking for the wrong things. Always remember to thank God every day for what you have, even if you have nothing. There will be something better for you just around the corner.