THE RIGHT WAY TO ASK…getting answers to your prayers.
“What causes fight and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet but you can’t have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you (finally) ask, you don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives (“amiss” that is, in an improper manner…KJV) that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4: 1-3 NIV
Have you ever seen Mr. Bill gates, with shirt opened and shoes removed quarrelling/fighting on the street of New York? I bet you haven’t.
You might say Anuoluwapo how can you be so sure of that… I haven’t Mr. Bill in person. Okay, I agree with you on that, so let’s come home a little bit. Have you ever see Pastor E.A Adeboye, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Pastor Paul Adefarasin or Bishop David Oyedepo come down from their car, bear feet and with opened shirt about to beat up someone along the road? I am 100% sure you haven’t!
What am I driving at; you wouldn’t see these great men do such things simply because they are richly blessed. I dare to say that instead of fighting (probably because you hit their cars on the road), they will rather bless you with it as they live in sufficiency and can afford to buy new cars and all the good things of life- they have answers to their prayers.
On the other hand, just mistakenly hit a poor man’s car and you would have wished you never put your car on the road that day. He would fight you with all the poverty that he’s got!
The book of James chapter four verses one to three gives us the singular reason for the above reaction; a frustration of the soul due to unanswered prayers. The scripture says that, instead of asking God:
1. We fight, quarrel and covet other people’s wealth
2. We thought that we asked God(in prayer) but we never really did
3. And when we finally did, we prayed amiss (in an improper manner)
You must have seen folks who go around saying all manner of things about the blessed and wealthy? Such folks can’t be blessed and wealthy (it’s not a curse) except of course, they repent (have a change of mind) and ask of God, His blessing. Some even go around coveting and wishing that other people’s wealth would suddenly become theirs. Instead of asking God what they so desire, they say prayers like “Almighty God, the wealth of Aliko Dangote is mine…o my Father, Bill’s money mistaken enters in my account”, and all sort of useless prayers.
I bet you are wiser than that.
So, what’s wrong, why don’t we get answers to our prayers sometimes? It’s because we pray amiss. And don’t look at me that way; I wasn’t the one that said so…the scripture did (James4:3), I believe If we pray aright, we will always get answers.
What then, is the right way to ask?
Before we go into that, I would like to establish the fact that there are certain prayers God will never answer (except of course, you get it you own way) no matter how long or short you pray. For example, you can’t be praying for someone to die so you can go ahead and marry his wife/her husband as the case may be. God will never answer that kind of prayer! Why? Because it’s not in accordance with His Word, the Message bible puts it this way “….you’d be asking for what you have no right to…” It’s simply unscriptural my dear. Hence, for you to expect an answered prayer, your prayers must be in line with God’s will; which is His Word!
Okay, that noted. Besides asking in line with the Word, there is a right way/manner to ask in prayer. It’s called asking in FAITH AND WITH THANKSGIVING
…to be continued