James points out a couple of issues in prayer in chapter four.
You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask. (James 4:2, CSB)
Issues: Lack of right motive and lack of asking
What if we addressed both issues simultaneously? Here’s a suggestion how:
- Write down your top five desires
- Ask God to check your motives behind each desire
- Edit the list as needed
- Then pray over the list
I did this exercise today. Here’s what I realized:
- What I listed as my desires were not things I have regularly been praying for
- The act of writing down my desires while asking the Holy Spirit what he thought about them made checking my motives easier and, as a result of having already invited him into the exercise, made prayer a normal, flowing, and immediate outcome
Give yourself fifteen minutes to try this exercise this weekend and see how yours goes. Let’s go after praying our desires.