You Asked and Didn't Receive

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
— Luke 11:9-10 (CSB)
You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

”You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
— James 4:3 (CSB; NKJV)

I was reading my devotional this morning (My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers), and this particular passage caught my eye, “If you ask for things from life, instead of from God, “you ask amiss”; that is, you ask out of your desire for self-fulfillment. The more you fulfill yourself the less you will seek God. “Seek, and you will find.” Get to work - narrow your focus and interest to this one thing. Have you ever sought God with your whole heart, or have you simply given Him and feeble cry after some emotionally painful experience?”

Wow. What a convicting passage to reexamine my “askings” to God.

My heart felt convicted at all the materialistic prayers and went to confess and repent. Not that He isn’t a God to answer material needs, but because of where my heart was before God.

I think the moment you step into adulthood, there’s a new temptation that arises that wasn’t there when you were a child. The subtle pull to concern more about the things of the world: everyday bills, car problems, financial goals, health issues, medical bills, family, etc. It’s the moment when you realize that you were looking more at the physical things than you were nurturing your spirit.

I confess and repented (oh dear, with the help of God), because He deserves my singular focus. The absolute best of my energy and time.

I will still continue to pray for those material things, bur the difference is that now I will look at the condition of my heart when I ask for such things. Is it a distracted, self centered focus? Or a self surrendering focus to God with contentment in all circumstances? I stress this kind of contentment because He’s under no obligation to answer all prayers (also see, Philippians 4:11-13).

I hope this pushes your love relationship with our Lord and Savior.

Love, Rebecca

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