Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— 2 Chronicles 1:11 NKJV
My hubby has been working on the electrical system in our home, so we can move on toward finishing our house. Without the electrical connection, there isn't a lot we can do. Right now we have a heavy duty temporary cord which connects our house with the main electric box. We are very limited because the amount of current it puts out is low. Every once in a while, something happens disconnecting the power to our house. We can't use power tools, run electric to our camper that acts as our makeshift construction station, or anything else. If we leave it off too long, we will flood our basement. If we go against the wise counsel of the electrician who will make the main connection for us, it will result in disaster. How amazing is the power of that connection!
Prayer is a connection with God our Creator and Sustainer of life. In the James 4 passage, James, the brother of Jesus, is addressing the Jewish Christians of the Jerusalem church. They were under persecution at that time enduring trials and tribulations. But that is not what James was concerned about. All Christians faced persecution during that time. He was concerned about their desires getting in the way with their relationship with God. They chose to take charge of getting what they wanted instead of praying, yet they were not getting what they were looking for anyway. Even when they did pray, their motives were selfish. James tells them, "You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures." James 4:3. I don't know how many people I've heard pray for God to let them win the lottery! Yet how many of us try to take matters into our own hands without praying about the situation first. Sometimes we don't get what we want because either we don't ask the Lord or we take on a selfish attitude when we do ask. Our attitudes can either create a disconnect or a deadly connection because our hearts and spirits are not focused on our relationship with God.
King Solomon became the King of Israel when he was young following the long, successful reign of his father, King David. Overwhelmed by the enormous task of leading God's people, Solomon prayed to God for the wisdom he needed for this amazing appointment. He was already blessed beyond measure because of his father's faith, but also because of his own faith in God. He did not seek something for himself, rather for what was needed to accomplish leading the nation of Israel. As a result, God granted him far more than he could ever ask for. People came far and wide because of his reputation for being very wise. Humility before our mighty God in prayer brings us in line with His will. When we connect with Him with a humble heart, He lifts us up and blesses us.
Take everything to the Lord in prayer, rather than being jolted by trying to do things yourself. We cannot force things to happen and expect good things to come from it. If you feel like your prayers are going nowhere, ask the Lord what is in the way between you and Him. Sometimes, we are just in a position of waiting, but other times, we might be asking with the wrong motive. When we allow Him to show us what needs to change, we open up our deep connection with Him to make way for amazing things to happen in our lives and the lives of those around us. Connect with the Lord in prayer with a humble heart, seek His direction. May the Lord bless you!
Thought for the day:
The true power of prayer is approaching God's throne with the right attitude. #faith