God really wants us to have things—many things. But He wants us to have only those things that are good for us.
Sometimes we will desire something, and it really does seems to be a good thing; but then later, after we have prayed about it and sought God’s Word about it, He shows us that He isn’t pleased with what we desire.
Whatever we pray for we should ask ourselves these two questions:
1. Are these things going to bring me closer to the Lord or further away?
2. Will these things I desire help me to be a friend of the world, or a friend of God (James 4:3-4)?
There are many good things that God wants us to have, but if we don’t ask for them we will not receive them (James 4:2). And when we do ask, perhaps we don’t ask correctly—with the right motives (v…
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