Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | March 28, 2006

Spiritual Refreshment | Two

You do not have because you do not ask God…

One of my favourite NT books is the letter of James, mainly because this short punchy book is so practical. It's crisp approach to daily life and challenges make it a real powerhouse of advice.

For example, I love James' wisdom about prayer in chapter 4 where he says "You do not have because you do not ask God … you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you spend what you get on your pleasures". Such straightforward talk is a real challenge for being proactive in our prayer lives since while we may be nervous of asking for too much, God has no problem provided our motives are righteous. In fact, the implication of these few verses is that we are usually not asking enough!

The NT records enough prayers of the early church for me to realise that on occassion our prayer requests are too small or too infrequent. In particular, perhaps we don't call on God sufficiently to bring the degree of spiritual refreshment, renewal and restoration into our lives that he intends. There is much more of the kingdom of God for us to experience but it is going to take some asking …


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