Begin your time with God in prayer.
Begin your time with praise to God. Confess any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Ask God to give you spiritual understanding as you spend time in His Word.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
As we learn to pray, we need to recognize the difference between prayers that are motivated by self-centeredness and prayers that are according to God’s will.
In James 4:2-3, James warns us about our motives. “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. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”
In 1 John 5:14-15, we learn that prayers that line up with God’s will are answered. “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
Prayers that are according to God’s will are consistent with Jesus’ character and actions.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
Identify some of the self-centered prayers you have been praying.
What characteristics of Jesus’ life can you ask Jesus to build in your life and the lives of the believers you know?
Read Mark 12:30-31. What two things can you pray from these verses that are according to God’s will?
Spend a few minutes praying Mark 12:30-31 for you and others.
Father, I am so grateful that You have given us Your Word. Forgive me for all the selfish prayers I’ve prayed. Teach me how to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and help me to love others as much as I love myself . Amen.
Related verses to meditate on.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8
“’And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
Posted on Tue, January 6, 2015
by Sam Petitfils