THEME: PRAY IN THE SPIRIT
James 4:3 NIV
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
-Sometimes we pray without the help of the Holy Spirit and it becomes futile. This is an expression of carnality and the deceitful nature and wickedness of the heart. Wordly and fleshly lusts are distempers, which will not allow content or satisfaction. Sinful desires and affections stop prayer, and the working of our desires toward God. The best of us can still fail, we need to be led by the Holy Spirit and remain in God’s will.
Oh Heavenly Father, we thank You for all You have done for us. Thank You for Your mercies and kindness towards us. Oh Lord You are slow to anger and always thoughtful of us, that is why You sent us Your Holy Spirit to help us in all our shortcomings, and all our needs in our walk with Christ. Thank You for giving us Your Holy Spirit dear Father. Holy Spirit we invite You to take over our lives and our hearts. May You reign in all our endeavors and matters. We invite You to guide us in all truth. Show us how to please the Father with our faith and prayers of understanding. May You hold our hands and speak the heart of our understanding. May You open our eyes that we may see and our ears that we may hear from You. Help us to obey You always. May You teach us how to pray that we may not pray amiss and help us in our weakness. May You deliver us from the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. May You increase in us, our churches and leaders wisdom so that we may always do Your will. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: 1 John 2:16