As I turned on the stove to heat some soup, I had three basic settings from which to choose: low, medium, and high. I wonder if most of us have three temperature settings in regards to our prayers. The highest setting is most often for our temporal wants for us. The medium setting serves for our prayers for our own spiritual good. The most tepid of the three is often for a lost and dying world and the advance of Christ’s kingdom.
James 4:3 informs us, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your own passions.” Is our highest prayer setting for those things that satisfy the temporal wants? Even when our prayers are for spiritual things, are they mainly concerned with our own personal spiritual desires?
John in his 1st Epistle gives us this wonderful insight into effective prayer, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” (1 John 3:22) John continues clear instruction in chapter 5, “ And this is the confidence which we have in 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 obtained the request made of Him.” (1 John 5: 14&15)
Oh Lord, give us the passion and insight of the Holy Spirit to pray, “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” May our highest prayer setting be for His will for our lost world, the oppressed, the broken and wounded, and “the least of these.”
~ Brother Roy