…You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2-3 (NIV)
It’s important that we monitor how we are treating the people in our family. Take a moment to analyze your speech and actions with them. We sometimes want God to intervene in our family problems, but we have the wrong motives. Instead of praying for God to bring a resolution to the problem in the manner that’s best, we sometimes hope that the problem will be resolved to our liking and for our benefit. We pray with the wrong motives concerning our family problems but wonder why our prayers are not answered. What have you been praying about concerning your family? Does any of your prayers revolve around God molding, pruning, and changing you, or do your prayers primarily focus on God fixing them for your benefit? Use the questions below to study the verse above.
DISCOVERY BIBLE STUDY METHOD QUESTIONS
- What captured your attention?
- Did anything challenge you? Why?
- What do I learn about God?
- What do I learn about people?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an action to avoid?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- With whom should I share this truth?