You know a lot about your own body—probably more than anyone else (except God).
But you probably don’t know this:
-That there is an average of 7 octillion atoms in an adult’s body
-That half the population has eyelash mites (yikes)
-That every tongue print is unique
In other words, you know your body well—but there’s always MORE to know.
That’s like prayer.
Most of us think we know the basics of prayer. It’s “talking to God,” right? Well, yes. But it’s helpful to remember that there’s always MORE to know. If you want to grow in your faith, it’s important to not only know WHAT it is but HOW to do it.
So something I’d put in the “more to know” category is that motives matter.
Jesus’ brother James taught about this when he wrote, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3).
If we always pray with selfish motives; are only ever asking God to make our lives easier or more pleasurable; and are never seeking God’s will and how to glorify him, it’s most likely going to negatively impact your prayer life.
As life goes on, you keep learning about yourself. (By the way, your blood apparently travels an average of 19,000 kilometres through your body each day!)
You also keep learning about prayer.
So check your motives, and align them as best you can with what the Bible teaches is pleasing to God. It will have an impact.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up! is partly based on my Sunday podcast called “When you pray like it doesn’t matter.” You can listen in to the 30-minute message here.