“1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your member? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. … 6 God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:1-3, 6-10
Sometimes unanswered prayer comes from the fact that we pray because we want gratification from worldly things.
If we are to pray for Spiritual Awakening, we cannot serve God and the things of the world. We cannot allow those things of the world to take precedence over our Creator and Lord.
This means continual, continuous self-examination to keep our attention and our devotion on God and not on those things that we desire.
We must submit ourselves to God, wholly and without reservation; abandoning our selfish pride. We are to resist Satan and the temptation he brings.
We must draw near God and away from the things of this world.
This requires putting on the full armor of God each and every morning, placing our faith in Him and Him alone; and immersing ourselves in His Word.
We need to cleanse our hands of sin, purify our hearts and humble ourselves before God.
We are not to celebrate or make light of the sin in our lives. Our sorrow over our sin will lead to repentance which leads to forgiveness.
If we humble ourselves, He will lift us up.
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012