Perspective Is The Key!

fogOur attitude upon studying (even reading) God’s word is going to be the sum total of what we get out of it. So many times we are looking for something in particular; maybe an answered prayer, or divine direction of a path we need to take, that we don’t, or can’t see what is right in front of us! Our perspective is skewed and we see only what we want to see.

Let’s look at the warning James gave us, that shows how we can defeat our own purposes when we go to God in prayer, simply by our attitude!

In James 3:13-18 we find that a “wise man and endued with knowledge,” shows out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. In verse 17 it says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruts, without partiality, and with hypocrisy. (18) and the fruit of rightesouness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

This is contrasted against a more debase wisdom in verses 14-16, that finds its roots in things that are earthly, sensual and devilish. Our perspective is so very important!

Consider the way we go to our heavenly Father in prayer.

The next chapter of James (chapter four) addresses this. James asks in verses 1 & 2, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.”
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We neglect, even going to God in prayer, and as such we wonder why we struggle with all of the entanglements of this world. Jesus instructs us to knock and to ask. We will never have what we never ask for (Matthew 7:7)!

Paul implored the Thessalonians to pray continuously (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and we just overlook what is right in front of us, because it is not what is important to us! We are way too concerned with the earthly and sensual things of this world, to spend any extra amount of time on things that are otherworldly.

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In verse three of James chapter four, we find James saying, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”

It is always about me. Me. Me. Me. I want. I need. When do we ever ask what God wants from us? When do we ask for God to direct our lives? We are too concerned with the friendship of this world and so therefore our prayers are not answered.

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James 4:4 ESV You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Our main priority is to not please men (Galatians 1:10). The love of the world and even the love of things in the world is not what our lives are supposed to be about. If we love the world and by extension, worldly friendships, the love of God is truly not in us (1 John 2:15).

 

skylineThe Honest Prayer

The honest prayer, is the prayer that is full of humility and is submissive to God. This prayer draws us close to God, so he will draw close to us. It asks for His cleansing power and clarity (purity) of mind.

When we come to God in this manner, our hearts will be touched. We will weep and mourn from the realization of our sinful state and truly ask God what He wants from our lives (James 4:6-9)!!

 


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