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PRAYING AMISS

January 20, 2023

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

James 4:3a Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss

There are times when I am praying and when I am listening to others pray that the above two scriptures come to my mind. In my prayers and the prayers of others, I realize that we ask for things God has already given us. Not understanding our inheritance as believers, we are praying prayers of petition when we should be praying prayers of thanksgiving.

Before I go further, let me say, yes, in my thoughts, I have taken these scriptures out of their original context for Matthew 22:29 is a response by Jesus to the Sadducees about the resurrection, and James 4:3 was addressing why the early Christian believers were not getting their prayers answered because of their lustful misbehavior. However, like so many of us, I have taken liberties with the scripture and applied these two verses to correlate with my thinking.

If we were applying the Word to our lives, I believe most of our praying would have a different tone because God has already promised us most of the things we request from Him. I wonder if he is thinking, “Why are they asking for this? Don’t they know I have already given it to them? Apparently, they are one of the ones that do not apply the Word appropriately to their lives.” Consequently, one of the meanings of amiss, which is incorrect, is what we are doing, praying inaccurately.

So, for all of you reading this blog, I recommend you take a moment before you make your request known to God and see if He has already provided what you are requesting. Secondly, remember when we pray, if we believe the words of Jesus, as stated in Mark 11:24, our prayers will come to fruition. So, it is not necessary to repeatedly pray amiss but instead substitute petition prayers with thankful prayers.

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