Day 22 Needs and Prayer

“You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, to consume it on your lusts.”
James 4:3

Now that you are more of aware of the fact that you must be specific in prayer, I want to give you a quick thought that should help shape the nature of your request. God answers prayer according to need.

Since God answers according to need, you should be sure to distinguish between wants and needs. Needs are those things essential for the existence or support of something. In the context of prayer, they are primarily related to God’s purpose and kingdom expansion rather than your personal satisfaction, comfort, or delight.   This does not mean that you will not benefit from the answer. It simply reveals that God is looking at the big picture when it comes to answering prayer. Therefore, you should pray with an understanding of what is needed or required to accomplish God’s will in a situation. It means that you don’t pray carelessly or frivolously.  It means that you pray with a mind towards God’s purpose over your own.

You might find distinguishing between God’s needs and your wants to be a little less challenging if you will ask yourself, “Does this benefit me or the Kingdom more?”

Think about it and remember Kingdom first!

Blessings to you,

MC